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The Virginian-Pilot © April 6, 2012 VIRGINIA BEACH Cmdr. Phil Rosi, a spokesman for Naval Air Force Atlantic, said the F/A-18 Hornet -- a two-seat jet belonging to VFA (Strike Fighter Squadron) 106, has crashed in the vicinity of Birdneck Rd. Rosi said preliminary reports indicate that two parachutes were seen, which may indicate the aviators were able to eject from the plane. VFA-106 is a training squadron for student pilots. The crash was reported shortly after noon in the 900 block of S. Birdneck Road, according to emergency dispatchers. Virginia State Police have shut down Interstate 264 in both directions at Laskin Road, said spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya.
Originally posted by JustMike
A tragic event. Unfortunately, sometimes these aircraft experience technical problems that leave the pilots with no option but to eject. (I'm sure they tried everything they could to avoid the plane coming down as it did.) We had a situation here (Czech Republic) some years ago when two military jets collided and went down in an inhabited area. By a miracle, no-one on the ground was killed but an apartment block was extensively damaged.
It will be a difficult site for authorities to deal with because there might be some hazmat issues, but hopefully the fire fighters have been briefed on that aspect by now.
Just hoping they can limit the casualties as much as possible.
“There was flames coming off the back … The plane got lower and lower
and just as I turned … it crashed. " usnews.msnbc.msn.com...
"He was smoking really bad. Bad smoke was coming out of the engine.
It kind of backfired a couple times. I heard two pops … then 15 seconds later I heard the explosion."
Gonzalez said the other jets then started circling around the crash site.
Amy Miller told The Virginian-Pilot she was outside the cleaners where she works
when she saw a plane coming down with fire on its wing.
From Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic Public Affairs
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) —
“An F/A-18D assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 crashed in Virginia Beach, Va. April 6.
Initial reports indicate that at approximately 12:05 p.m., the jet crashed just after takeoff at a location just off of the base.
Both aircrew safely ejected from the aircraft.VFA-106 is based at Naval Air Station Oceana, and serves as the East Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron.
Their mission is to train Navy and Marine Corps F/A-18 Replacement Pilots and Weapon Systems Officers (WSOs) to support fleet commitments.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WTVR) – A retired rescue squad member said the pilot of a military jet that crashed into an apartment building Friday landed on the man’s back porch.
“I heard three loud booms, so I up out from the couch and went to my back door,” said Pat Kavanaugh, who lives in the Mayfair Mews apartments. “When I looked out, I saw a pilot on the ground with a parachute hanging from the building.”
Kavanaugh said he ran outside to see what he could do to help him. He said the pilot had facial lacerations, was in shock and appeared to be still strapped to his seat.
“He apologized very much for hitting our complex and I said, ‘don’t worry, it’s going to be fine,’” said Kavanaugh.
Pat Kavanaugh said he and some neighbors carried the pilot, who was in shock and still strapped to what appeared to be his seat, to safety.
The group picked him up and carried him to another part of the complex away from the fire.
They managed to drag him to the other side of the apartment complex to wait for first responders to take him to the hospital.
Another witness, Zack Zapatero, said the plane crashed into a building occupied by senior citizens. He took photographs of the crash scene. "There's these large fire balls coming up," Zapatero said. "I was told there was a bunch of senior citizens that live in that building, which worries me a lot. "Buildings were starting to collapse," he said of the wreckage scene.
George Pilkington, a witness, said he saw the plane flying low, with its
nose up and tail down, ejecting fuel -- which struck him as unusual.
The engine was straining, he said.
"It came over the top of my truck emptying fuel," Pilkington said.
Originally posted by TheBloodRed
Flying over the land makes the planes easier to track. I am no real expert but that is the best solution I can come up with.
They don't actually "train" over populated areas, they simply traverse populated areas to get to training areas. The training areas are clearly marked on aviation maps.