A Navy jet fighter crashed in Virginia Beach near Naval Air Station Oceana after noon Friday, according to media reports. One of the aircraft’s two crew members has reportedly been taken to a hospital.
The Navy F/A-18 Hornet went down in the 900 block of S. Birdneck Road, hitting the Mayfair View apartment complex on Fleming Circle, the Virginian-Pilot said. Two apartment buildings are on fire, according to CNN affiliate WTKR.
The two-seat Hornet belonged to VFA (Strike Fighter Squadron) 106. Both crew members ejected from the plane, according to a Navy spokesman.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) said in a statement: “We are taking all possible steps at the state level to provide immediate resources and assistance to those impacted by the crash of an F-18 fighter jet in Virginia Beach. In the past half hour, I have spoken to Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms several times and informed him that all Commonwealth resources are available to him as the community responds to this breaking situation. We are monitoring events carefully as they unfold and State Police resources are now on the scene. Our fervent prayer is that no one was injured or killed in this accident.”
According to the squadron’s Web site, its primary mission is to train F/A-18 replacement crews. New aviators go through a nine-month training program before being deployed to fleet or Marine Corps duty.
A map of where the crash occured:
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This post has been updated since it was first published.