VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – One of the two pilots of the Navy F-18 jet that crashed into a Virginia apartment building on Friday appeared on MSNBC’sPolitics Nation with host Al Sharpton. The pilots were able to eject from the aircraft before it crashed into the apartment complex, engulfing several buildings in flames. During his interview the pilot expressed heartfelt remorse about the crash. Following is a transcript of the show.
AL SHARPTON: I appreciate you have accepted our gracious inquest in your time of great need.
BARTHOLOMEW: I’m sorry?
AL SHARPTON: Now, I must tell my audience that you have asked me to call you Bart-a ?
AL SHARPTON: Can you clarify for my audience why you’re not using your real name? Is this not America?
BARTHOLOMEW: I agreed to the interview on the condition that my identity remain anonymous.
AL SHARPTON: What does being an Adonis have to do with crashing your plane into an innocent apartment building?
AL SHARPTON: Mr. Bartha?
AL SHARPTON: How ’bout I just call you Bert?
AL SHARPTON: Now, Bert, I want you to be honest because you’re on live TV and I want to ask you, were you texting on your cellphone when you crashed the plane?
BARTHOLOMEW: No, of course not.
AL SHARPTON: No defense, but when Al Sharpton investigates a story the hard questions are gonna be heard.
BARTHOLOMEW: I understand. No uh, defense taken.