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Update: Seven People Taken to Hospital After Jet Crash

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Update 5 p.m.:

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- Seven people, including two pilots, have been taken to hospitals after a Navy plane crashed into a Virginia Beach apartment complex.

Fire officials say the fiery crash destroyed three buildings, and left two others with significant damage. But rescue officials say witnesses saw fuel being dumped from the jet before it went down, which probably lessened the fire damage. Apartment residents described a confusing scene.

The Navy says both pilots ejected safely. The Hampton Roads area has a large concentration of military bases.

The Navy says the F/A-18D crashed shortly after takeoff. The jet was assigned to a squadron based at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach.

It's the same model of fighter jet which crashed in the San Diego area in 2008. Four family members were killed.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Update 2:55 p.m.:

Virginia Beach, VA - The Virginia Beach EMS Division Chief says three people have been taken to area hospitals Friday after an unmanned Navy jet plane crashed.

Bruce Nedelka also says they don't know of any other injuries. He says crews are still at the scene looking for people who may need medical help.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia Beach apartment complex is on fire after an unmanned Navy jet crashed this afternoon.

The two-member crew ejected safely but there are no immediate reports of injuries or fatalities on the ground. The aviators have been taken to a hospital.

TV footage shows black smoke billowing from near some buildings.

Overhead helicopter video from WAVY-TV shows fire crews in the apartment complex with large ladders spraying water on multiple smoking buildings.

The Navy says the F/A-18D crashed shortly after takeoff. The jet was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 106 based at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach.

The Hampton Roads area of Virginia has a large concentration of military bases.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Statement of Governor Bob McDonnell on F-18 Crash in Virginia Beach

 

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell issued the following statement this afternoon following news of the crash of an F-18 fighter jet in the Birdneck Road area of Virginia Beach.

"We are taking all possible steps at the state level to provide immediate resources and assistance to those impacted by the crash of an F-18 fighter jet in Virginia Beach. In the past half hour I have spoken to Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms several times and informed him that all Commonwealth resources are available to him as the community responds to this breaking situation. We are monitoring events carefully as they unfold and State Police resources are now on the scene. Our fervent prayer is that no one was injured or killed in this accident."

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