Two years after a fighter jet fired about 27 training rounds into the roof of a New Jersey school, the Air Force has agreed to pay the school $519,000 in damages, reports the Atlantic City Press. The shooting happened on Nov. 3, 2004, when an Air National Guard F-16C fired on the school in Little Egg Harbor Township. The jet, from Andrews Air Force Base, was on a training mission from the Warren Grove Gunnery Range. A military investigation found the mishap was caused by several Air Force-related issues, including pilot error.
No one was injured in the incident, which took place at night when children were not in the building. The Air Force agreed to pay only after extensive negotiations. “The original offer we received was only $25,000,” said a school official. “And that simply wasn’t going to get it done.”