April 6, 2012
The two members of the crew ejected safely, although one was hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries. Four civilians and a police officer were also treated for minor injuries.
… A Navy captain says that shortly after takeoff on the training mission, the F/A-18 Hornet “suffered a catastrophic mechanical malfunction,” but he would not speculate about the specifics.
A student pilot was in the front seat, with an “extremely experienced” pilot behind him.