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 imperative wounds or deaths, but emergency crews have not begun to complete exhaustive searches of the remains of the buildings after battling the fire and smoke. The crash occurred in the Hampton Roads area, which has a giant density of military bases, including Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval base internationally. Naval Air Station Oceana, where the jet that crashed was assigned, is located in Virginia Beach.
Live video from WAVY-TV showed many police cars, fire lorries and other emergency automobiles filling the densely populated neighborhood where the aeroplane crashed. Yellow fire hoses snaked thru side streets as fire crews poured water on the burned rooftops of brick loft homes.
Three 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 go looking for anyone who have been within.
As authorities closed roads in the neighborhood, traffic backed up on side streets and on nearby Interstate 264, with slow columns of vehicles bringing drivers to a virtual stop early Friday afternoon. Edna Lukens, a residence worker across the way from the crash, said she saw 3 residence buildings aflame.
"We heard this serious noise and we looked out through the window and there had been smoke all in the sky. Then the flames started going up in the sky, and then the apartment building just started burning and the police was called and everybody came out," Lukens recounted.
Lukens asserted a older citizens ' community was across the street, and folk were trying to help them evacuate.
The Daily Press of Portsmouth reported that Sean Pepe of Norfolk and Kenny Carver of Hampton saw the jet as they were driving on Interstate 264. They announced it appeared to be "floating" in the air before it went down behind trees. "It was peculiar, but we did not think anything of it," Pepe informed the newspaper. "We believed that it was doing maneuvers. We were watching the airplane but didn't see the impact. We saw it go down and there had been a 'boom. ' Then there had been 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 said in an announcement. "Our fervent prayer is that nobody was killed or hurt in this accident." The Navy said 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 Sea Corps Air Station Miramar after a coaching exercise in a San Diego neighborhood. That crash killed 4 members of one family and demolished 2 houses.
The Marine Corps asserted the jet suffered a mechanical failure, but a series of bad calls led the pilot -- a student -- to go round a 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, burning 2 houses. A federal judge ordered the U.S. Govt. to pay the family just about $18 million in redemption.
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