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Six people taken to hospital after F/A-18 crash in Virginia Beach

April 06, 2012|By Dalina Castellanos
  • Smoke rises from the burning fuselage of an F/A-18 Hornet after the Navy jet crashed into an apartment building in Virginia Beach, Va.
Smoke rises from the burning fuselage of an F/A-18 Hornet after the Navy… (Caitlin Goforth / Associated…)

Six people were taken to a Virginia Beach hospital Friday after a Navy jet crashed into an apartment building; that number included the F/A-18’s two airmen, both of whom ejected before the aircraft crashed.

The airmen were being treated for possible injuries. The other victims' injuries weren't critical, according to Virginia’s WTKR-TV; it wasn't immediately known where the injured were at the time of the crash. Some reportedly experienced smoke inhalation.

The pilots were in good and stable condition, the television station reported. At least one person had been released from the hospital by early afternoon.

No fatalities had been reported, though the number of hospital admittances was expected to grow.

Dozens of personnel were responding to the crash scene, including 55 emergency workers and 65 police officers, according to Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms. Those forces were being bolstered by state police officers as well as other emergency workers and law enforcement officials from nearby areas.

The F/A-18 Hornet aircraft crashed about 12:30 p.m. Eastern.


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