Yikes! Prayers indeed.
Yikes! Fill us in when you can, please...
Dear Lord, be with all involved.
One of my co-workers wife works in the area. She was driving towards the area and sees smoke and tons of emergency vehicles. Still not clear on what was hit.
Navy jet reportedly crashes in Virginia
DEVELOPING: A reported Navy jet crashed near a major road in Virginia Beach Friday, The Virginian-Pilot reported.
Emergency crews from the military, Virginia State Police and Virginia Beach police are all responding to the scene of the crash, a Virginia Beach Police spokesperson told WAVY-TV.
Virginia Department of Transportation traffic cameras showed black smoke rising from the Birdneck Road area of Virginia Beach at 12:30 p.m. local time.
F-18 Crashes and Explodes Next to Elementary School (Updating Live)
A Navy F-18 fighter just went down between a Virginia Beach grade school and an animal rescue centerand the result is an enormous flaming heap of jet wreckage.
WAVY-TV reports “the Navy told WAVY.com the plane was an F18 Strike fighter squadron 106,” and is clearly still ablaze from on the ground images. No word on whether any pilot was injured (or dead), but there are already reports of injured pedestrians. [WAVY-TV]
Are you near the crash? Have you heard from anyone nearby or taken any pictures? Email me.
Update 12:56 PM EST: A local NBC affiliate says both F-18 pilots have been taken to the hospital after ejecting. A nearby apartment building (!) is being searched for casualties.
2pm EST: on FoxNews now... Crew probably ejected... Crashed near road... No mention of apt complex, yet... developing
Wow, this was breaking news just now on KFI. Once again FR is ahead of the media news.
Prayers up for all.
Latest word is that it was a 2-seater, both ejected safely. Boy are they going to feel like crap for anybody dead on the ground. (Since it crashed into buildings, it’s hard to believe nobody got hurt, but I’m sure hoping.)
Is it Spring Break there now? News reports saying near Elementary school. In Newsspeak near could be 5 miles the way these guys have been lately.
Lord Jesus, be with the victims of this tragedy. May the innocent suffering apply to Thy suffering on Thy Cross.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, amen.
Latest reporting indicates that two people on the ground were injured and taken to a local hospital; no word on their condition. Both pilots ejected safely; one of them was pulled to safety by three residents of the apartment complex after he ejected. F/A-18 was headed away from NAS Oceana at the time it went down, and dumping fuel. Crew was trying to get over the ocean before ejecting, but they never made it.
Crash site is around the Laskin Road area, off I-246 in Virginia Beach. Jet came down in the courtyard of an apartment complex for senior citizens.
WTKR live feed...
Canteen ping...Mojo, you guys ok?
Prayers for all involved.
Cmdr. Phil Rosi with Naval Air Forces Atlantic told WAVY.com the plane was an F-18 with Strike Fighter Squadron 106. Rosi added two aircrew safely ejected from the plane that was based at Naval Air Station Oceana.
Sentara Healthcare says one pilot is at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.
Further information is not available at this time.
Photos available here:
My husband and I spent a year in an apartment that was that was in the flight path of NAS Oceana. The planes were pretty low—close to the treetops when they flew over. Loud and unnerving at times.
Heading to church in a bit and I’ll say some extra prayers for those affected.