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Navy jet crashes into apartments in Virginia
cnn.com ^ | April 6, 2012 | Mike Ahlers and Barbara Starr

Posted on 04/06/2012 10:28:44 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

(CNN) -- A Navy jet crashed Friday into some apartments near Virginia Beach, Virginia, sending flames and thick black smoke into the air, a military spokesman and a witness said.

Two apartment buildings were on fire, CNN affiliate WTKR reporting, citing witnesses.

The jet was from Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The crew of the two-seater F/A-18 safely ejected, but their condition wasn't known, a Navy spokesman said.

The plane is from a training squadron, the Navy said.

George Pilkington, an eye witness to the crash, said he was the plane flying low, with its nose up and tail down, ejecting fuel -- which struck him as unusual. The engine was straining, he said.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: aviation; fa18; fa18d; nasoceana; navair; planecrash; vfa106; virginia; virginiabeach
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To: wolficatZ

seems like it could have been a lot worse.

...overwhelming smell of jet fuel....

Ogawd, here comes the EPA.

41 posted on 04/06/2012 4:09:25 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (I think in about 5 - no, 4 - years I'll have had enough.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Blame George H.W. Bush and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Dyslexics now get to be writers and editors.


I think you mint to say, Lisdexics can bee righters and etidors sanks to gorge h.g. bus.


42 posted on 04/06/2012 4:17:14 PM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the Statist)
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To: the invisib1e hand

From the photo looks like the left nozzle closed means it was either at full military power or off. The right nozzle is open which means it was either at full Afterburner or Idle. Pretty indicative of an engine problem either way.


43 posted on 04/06/2012 5:53:20 PM PDT by ghannonf18
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To: ghannonf18

looks to me like the damn thing went down in a ball of fire.


44 posted on 04/06/2012 5:55:01 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (I think in about 5 - no, 4 - years I'll have had enough.)
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