F-18 fighter jet crashes into apartment complex

By Eric W. Dolan
Sunday, April 8, 2012 10:43 EDT
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On Friday afternoon, a Navy fighter jet crashed into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach, Virginia during a training mission.

Fortunately, there have been no reported deaths due to the crash, which damaged at least 40 apartments.

Navy officials said the F-18 fighter jet experienced a “catastrophic mechanical malfunction” shortly after taking off. The two pilots ejected before the jet crashed into Mayfair Mews Apartments and burst into flames.

All residents in the complex have been accounted for.

Residents in the area were surprised to find the jet pilots in their backyards. The pilots were “conscious, but barely conscious,” one resident said. One pilot apologized to residents for “destroying their house.” They are both being treated for their injuries.

Watch video, courtesy of ABC News, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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