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F-18 Crashes In Virginia Beach UPDATED – Six Injured


According to FOX News, a Navy F-18 Hornet crashed in a residential area of Virginia Beach, VA. Both pilots have reportedly ejected.

A traffic camera picked up the smoke:

The crash took place near Birdneck Road in Virginia Beach, and two structures on the ground are on fire. It is unclear at this time if they are apartment complexes or not. The jet crashed into multiple apartment complexes.

Updates from in Virginia Beach:

3:58 p.m. Virginia Beach Fire Battalion Chief Tim Riley says there are seven confirmed injuries, including the two flight crew members on board the jet. Crews have gone through two of the five buildings at the apartment complex at this time and are reporting no fatalities. There are still three buildings to be searched.

There are shelters that are being set up for those who have been displaced.

Any residents who come across any aircraft parts are instructed to not touch the parts, as it is a federal offense to touch military aircraft or its parts and it could pose a health risk.

From WTOP in Washington, DC:

Six people have been taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, a spokesperson tells WTOP, including both pilots. No deaths have been reported. The Navy said both people on board the jet ejected before it crashed around noon and were being taken to hospitals for observation.