The F/A 18 Hornet that crashed Friday in a Virginia neighborhood experienced “catastrophic engine failure” shorly after takeoff, a Navy official said.
Capt. Mark Weisgerber said the two-man crew had just started a training flight from Naval Air Station Oceana when the trouble developed. The problem triggered what he called the forced evacuation of the crew: a student pilot sitting in the front, and his trainer in the back. The two men have been hospitalized.