A United States Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighter crashed on Friday near Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach. Both Naval airmen safely ejected from the jet prior to impact. A representative from Virginia Beach General Hospital reports both pilots sustained mild to moderate injury-not life threatening.
The F/A-18 impacted a densely populated area close to Oceana Naval Air Station. The crash occurred at a multi unit apartment complex near Birdneck and Laskin Road. Fairly close to I-264 in Virginia Beach. At time of posting, approximately six civilians had been transported to area hospitals.
There were several initial reports from the scene:
- A civilian reported hearing two large 'booms' minutes before impact.
- A WAVY TV reporter stated the pilots began dumping fuel prior to ejection. A community on the approach path of the flight reports jet fuel residue.
- A civilian who rushed to help one of the pilots who ejected, stated the pilot said he was 'sorry' for the crash.
- The Navy and local EMS agencies conducted a jet crash response simulation in December of 2011.
Due to the intensity of the blaze and jet fuel toxicity rescue efforts were kept at a distance until fire units could suppress the scene. Once the fire is contained, rescue personnel will search all affected structures for casualties.