The earliest pictures from the crash really only showed black smoke billowing up from a cluster of apartment complexes that had been hit dead center by an F/A-18 Navy jet, also known as a Super Hornet. The smoke masked, at least from the air, the devastation left by the crash on the Mayfair Mews Apartments in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The two pilots ejected from the plane and were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. But fires raged on in the complex with firefighters estimating significant damage to at least 20 apartments.
The Navy jet took off from the nearby Naval Air Station Oceana and crashed at 12:05 pm (ET) shortly after takeoff. Witnesses report seeing the struggling jet dumping fuel before crashing, likely the pilot’s attempt to prevent an even larger fire from breaking out.
While firefighters are still working to control the blaze, some reports say up to five civilians have been taken to the hospital with no fatalities reported yet.
We will have more pictures and information on this story as it continues to develop. Check back at Newscom to see more pictures as they come in of the crash and fire.
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