Navy jet crashes in Virginia Beach, wiping out an apartment complex video clip Rob Houglum LLMedia Friday, April 06, 2012
A Navy jet bumped into a residence complicated in Virginia Beach, Va, on Fri., damaging or destroying 5 buildings.
There are no reports so far of critical injuries or fatal injuries, but emergency crews have yet to complete radical searches of the remains of the buildings after battling the fire and smoke. The crash occurred in the Hampton Roads area, that has a giant density of army bases, including Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval base worldwide. Naval Air Station Oceana, where the jet that crashed was assigned, is found in Virginia Beach.
Live video from WAVY-TV showed many police cars, fire trucks and other emergency automobiles filling the very populated neighborhood where the airplane crashed. Yellow fire hoses snaked thru side streets as fire crews poured water on the burned roofs of brick studio homes.
3 buildings were annihilated, and 2 more had significant damage, Virginia Beach fire dep. speaker Tim Riley told WVEC-TV.
The fire had been put out, Nedelka claimed, and now crews were going through the buildings to hunt for any person who may have been inside.
As authorities closed roads in the neighborhood, traffic backed up on side streets and on close by Interstate 264, with slow columns of cars bringing drivers to a virtual dead stop early Friday afternoon. Edna Lukens, a loft worker across the way from the crash, stated that she saw three apartment buildings aflame.
"We heard this intense noise and we looked out of the window and there had been smoke all in the sky. Then the flames started going up in the sky, and then the house building just started burning and the police was called and everybody came out," Lukens related.
Lukens said a pensioners ' community was across the way, and folks were trying to help them evacuate.
The Daily Press of Portsmouth said that Sean Pepe of Norfolk and Kenny Carver of Hampton saw the jet as they were driving on Interstate 264. They exclaimed it appeared to be "floating" in the air before it went down behind trees. "It was strange, but we did not think anything of it," Pepe said to the paper. "We believed that it was doing maneuvers. We were watching the aeroplane but didn't see the impact. We saw it go down and there had been a 'boom. ' Then there was black smoke everywhere." "We are taking all possible steps at the state level to provide fast resources and assistance to those impacted by the crash of an F-18 fighter jet in Virginia Beach," Gov. Bob McDonnell announced in a press release. "Our fervent prayer is that nobody was injured or killed in this accident." The Navy related the airplane crashed shortly after takeoff. The jet was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 106 based at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach.
The same model of fighter jet, an F / A-18D, crashed in December 2008 while returning to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar after a training exercise in a San Diego neighborhood. That crash snuffed out four members of one family and destroyed 2 homes.
The Sea Corps asserted the jet suffered a mechanical failure, but a sequence of bad decisions led the pilot -- a student -- to bypass a possibly safe landing at a coastal Navy base after his engine failed. The pilot ejected and told investigators he screamed in horror as he observed the jet plow into the neighborhood, incinerating two houses. A Fed judge ordered the U.S. Govt to pay the family virtually $18 million in reparation.
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