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Old 04-06-2012, 01:35 PM   #1
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US Navy Jet Crashes Into VA Beach Apartment Building

2 pilots survived the ejection from their F18D model today from an impact that occurred about noon today. It appears the as many as 5 people were moved to the local hospital from injuries received on the ground. Reportedly bystanders removed the pilot from the debris. The pilot told his rescuer that he was sorry.

Military pilots will always go the extra effort to keep from impacting the aircraft on and residential or otherwise occupied property.

Keep in touch on your favorite TV channel and or web based news resource.

Glad that the 2 pilots made a good landing.

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[USN, April 6] – An F/A-18D assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 106 at Naval Air Station Oceana crashed today in Virginia Beach, VA.

Initial reports indicate that the jet crashed just off the base shortly after takeoff at about 12:05 p.m. EDT.

Both crew members safely ejected from the aircraft.

Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA - Gladiators) 106 serves as the Navy’s East Coast fleet replacement squadron. Its mission is to train Navy and Marine Corps F/A-18 replacement pilots and weapon systems officers to support fleet commitments.

The Navy is coordinating with local authorities.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:16 PM   #2
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If that happened where I think it did there is more than enough blame to pass around and sadly the US tax payer will end up footing the bill, instead of Virginia Beach. And they will rebuilt in that same location.
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:09 PM   #3
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We live 40 miles from there. Last report I heard was that 7 people were transported to the hospital. 6 have already been released.
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:34 PM   #4
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Navy brat wife grew up there. She loves the sounds of F-18s.

Oceana NAS has been there since the '40s. Most of us appreciate the place and the brave folks who work and fly there. It's a dangerous business and "stuff" happens.

Glad it looks to be mostly property damage and injuries minimal.

Could just as easily happened near any commercial or municipal airport.

If some of the folks way out in the sticks of SE Virginia or coastal NC would stop the fight against the OLFs (outlying landing fields) there'd be less chance of this happening.

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As for the comment about the US taxpayer footing the bill.. Well, yes, it was a US military aircraft, and thus the US government (Which means the taxpayers) SHOULD pay the bill.

So how come you are so upset sounding? You think the locals should pay for it, The victims? Or the seriously underpaid pilot?
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:14 PM   #6
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Are you aware of the political fight that went on when Virginia beach wanted to build at the END of a military runway. There is also additional paperwork that has to be signed for anyone that purchases the houses at the end of the runway. The base also receives enough calls about noise that they know where in the paperwork to have the caller look and read that said they know that there is excessive noise at the end of the runway in the landing path.
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The east coast RAG is in Oceana, the west coast RAG at Lemoore, CA - guess which one is encroached on the most? There used to be several locations, but like everything, is centralized to the max to "save costs". Took a float trip on the Colorado 15 years ago and there was a Va Bch doctor on the trip that did nothing but btch about jet noise - and that was before they retired the F-14 and quadrupled the number of aircraft at Oceana.

The Virginia lobby in congress just keeps piling more stuff around DC and throughout the state - jobs that could be de-centralized from the area and help out more Americans. The Navy plays the same game all around Norfolk.

Unfortunately, even the rural areas of the east coast are densely populated. Hurricane season results in multiple bug-outs to inland areas too!

I'm gonna bet this was a bird strike in both engines.
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Military pilots will always go the extra effort to keep from impacting the aircraft on and residential or otherwise occupied property.
Looks like most of the fuel was dumped before impact.. Fireball could have been huge...

I knew one pilot that rode his all the way down to insure it didnt hit apartments or a small park in the path...
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Accidents unfortunatly happen not only in combat zones but also here in the states. Let's all just be thankful that no serious injuries took place.

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Pilots don't do this on purpose! Mil. Pilots have to train 24/7. People should never move close to an Airport....., we'll always find complainers. I'm happy, that all involved had just light injuries (what I got out of the news here in the North).
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It apparently was a retirement community that the bird went into accodling to local new cast. Was on take off and apparently didn't have enough altitude to make it out over the bay.
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I knew one pilot that rode his all the way down to insure it didn't hit apartments or a small park in the path...
It looks like this guy did essentially the same thing .... they report that they found one pilot still strapped in his seat. An 0/0 ejection seat is supposed to lift the pilot out of the aircraft, separate the seat and allow the pilot to land without the seat. I'm confused because in the interview the civilian said that he used his knife to cut the straps to remove the pilot from his seat. Reportedly the other pilot was sitting on someone's back porch when he was found and assisted by another person.
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one of our local schools is named after an A-7 guy that stayed with the jet to keep it away from the school, only he didn't make it out.
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I grew up in Virginia Beach, just a few miles from Oceana NAS. The F14's used to fly over our house all the time. We loved it.
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