Navy Jet Crashes in Virginia Beach


    The Virginian Pilot has extensive coverage of this story, including the video below. Also, I’ve posted Sen. Mark Warner’s statement below. Crazy stuff; let’s just hope that nobody was killed, although “Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms said the crash likely resulted in fatalities.” UPDATE: Good news per AP — “Officials say six of the seven people injured when a fighter jet crashed into a Virginia apartment complex have been released from the hospital.”


    ~ on today’s Navy jet crash in Virginia Beach ~

    All of us are grateful for the quick and effective efforts of Virginia Beach emergency personnel to assist dozens of residents who sustained damage or loss.

    What is truly remarkable are the multiple stories of neighbors and bystanders who sprang into action immediately, without regard to their own safety, to assist our military pilots and help our first responders. Virginians have a  proud tradition of strong support for our military, and the men and women who serve in Hampton Roads are our neighbors, friends and family members.

    By all accounts, this flight crew took extraordinary action in an effort to minimize casualties on the ground, and all of us are grateful for that. I expect this accident will be thoroughly investigated by Navy officials, and I will continue to monitor events as they develop.


      Richmond, VA – In response to the news that a Navy Jet crashed into a Virginia Beach apartment complex earlier today, Tim Kaine released the following statement:

      “As the search and rescue mission continues, I am praying for the safety of all residents of the Mayfair Mews apartment complex and any others injured in today’s terrible crash.  Virginia’s first responders are among the finest in the nation, and I thank them for their dedication, bravery, and willingness to risk their own lives to help save others.  In addition, quick thinking from the Navy pilots appears to have helped reduce the damage and loss incurred from the crash.  Their actions under pressure are another testament to the professionalism of our Hampton Roads military personnel.  As we have before in times of difficulty and loss, Virginians will come together to support this community as they recover and rebuild.”