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.”
STATEMENT OF U.S. SEN. MARK R. WARNER
~ 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.