Friday, April 6, 2012

Boom, boom, boom!' Navy jet crash stuns Virginia neighborhood

A Navy F/A-18D fighter slams into apartments in Virginia Beach, setting buildings aflame. No deaths and only a few injuries are reported.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.Robert Leggett is accustomed to the deep roar of Navy jet fighter planes flying over his rooftop in this military town. But at lunchtime Friday, the F/A-18D Hornet that flew screaming above his apartment window didn't sound right.

"It sounded way too low," Leggett, 27, recalled. He should know. He's a Navy enlisted man who repairs Navy jet fighters.

Spilling fuel, the Hornet slammed into an apartment complex 100 feet from where Leggett stood in his bedroom Friday afternoon. Remarkably, there were no initial reports of deaths after about 40 units in the complex were destroyed or damaged by flames.

"The whole rooftop was in flames," Leggett said, describing plumes of black smoke that rose high into the clear blue spring sky. "I saw six or eight people on their hands and knees, crawling out of their apartments." Read More...

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