Navy to release results of F-18 jet crash investigation
The F-18 that crashed into a Virginia apartment complex in April left no one hurt or injured, including both pilots. (Source: CNN)
RICHMOND, VA (RNN) – The Navy is expected next week to release the findings of its investigation into a jet crash at a Virginia apartment complex in April.
The F/A 18D Hornet - the same type of aircraft used by the naval flight exposition team known as the Blue Angels - caused severe damage to at least five buildings in the Mayfair News Apartments on April 6.
The Navy is expected to hold a briefing on Monday to reveal the results of the investigation.
No one was hurt or seriously injured in the crash, including the pilots.
In all, 27 units were lost in the crash. The Navy cleaned the 37 remaining units, even though they were not damaged.
Capt. Mark Weisberger, deputy commander of Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic, said the two-man crew comprised of a student pilot in the front seat and an "extremely experienced" instructor pilot in the backseat.
One eyewitness said the plane emptied its jet fuel within 200 or 300 yards of impact and crashed into one of the apartment buildings with its nose up.
The crash site was one-half mile from the Virginia Beach oceanfront and just north of Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia, where the crew is based.
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