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A Navy jet crashed into a Virginia apartment building, sending seven people to the hospital, but killing no one. A gas leak forced a student pilot to eject. NY1 reports.

“Shortly after take-off, initial indications are that the aircraft suffered a catastrophic mechanical malfunction.”

The crash happened around noon on Friday near Virginia Beach. WTKR has this video from the scene.

“Here’s some of the early video, just after the crash. The building just billowing that black smoke just shooting up out of the air.”

The crew began dumping fuel to keep the plane light enough to fly. An aviation specialist told ABC News the crew followed appropriate emergency procedures, saying…

"The fact that they had to eject from the airplane tells me the aircraft was clearly uncontrollable and there was nothing more they could do to move that aircraft from populated areas.”

The Navy is still investigating the crash. Eyewitnesses tell MSNBC they heard the plane start to fail and saw the plane flying low to the ground, trailed by a cloud of smoke.

“I could hear the engines blowing out, or either trying to restart. Then I looked up and I could see the plane going straight up with no sound of engines.”

The Virginia Beach Fire Chief says everyone has been accounted for. But he tells Richmond’s WTVR that doesn’t mean people aren’t missing.

“Every person whose name is on the apartment complex master list has been located or it was determined that person no longer lives in the complex. There have been no deaths reported in this crash, but authorities have not yet given the ‘all clear’ because they want to check under the plane wreckage.

The student pilot apologized to the apartment building’s residents in an interview with MSNBC — saying, quote, “I’m sorry for destroying your house.”
 

Seven Injured, None Dead In Virginia Beach F-18 Crash

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Seven Injured, None Dead In Virginia Beach F-18 Crash

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You're watching multi-source news analysis from Newsy. 


BY JUSTIN PROCHASKA

A Navy jet crashed into a Virginia apartment building, sending seven people to the hospital, but killing no one. A gas leak forced a student pilot to eject. NY1 reports.

“Shortly after take-off, initial indications are that the aircraft suffered a catastrophic mechanical malfunction.”

The crash happened around noon on Friday near Virginia Beach. WTKR has this video from the scene.

“Here’s some of the early video, just after the crash. The building just billowing that black smoke just shooting up out of the air.”

The crew began dumping fuel to keep the plane light enough to fly. An aviation specialist told ABC News the crew followed appropriate emergency procedures, saying…

"The fact that they had to eject from the airplane tells me the aircraft was clearly uncontrollable and there was nothing more they could do to move that aircraft from populated areas.”

The Navy is still investigating the crash. Eyewitnesses tell MSNBC they heard the plane start to fail and saw the plane flying low to the ground, trailed by a cloud of smoke.

“I could hear the engines blowing out, or either trying to restart. Then I looked up and I could see the plane going straight up with no sound of engines.”

The Virginia Beach Fire Chief says everyone has been accounted for. But he tells Richmond’s WTVR that doesn’t mean people aren’t missing.

“Every person whose name is on the apartment complex master list has been located or it was determined that person no longer lives in the complex. There have been no deaths reported in this crash, but authorities have not yet given the ‘all clear’ because they want to check under the plane wreckage.

The student pilot apologized to the apartment building’s residents in an interview with MSNBC — saying, quote, “I’m sorry for destroying your house.”
 

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