F-18 Navy jet crashes into Virginia Beach apartments next to elementary school


USA Today
April 6, 2012

An F/A-18D Navy jet on a training mission has crashed into an apartment building in Virginia Beach, Va.

The two members of the crew ejected safely, although one was hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries. Four civilians and a police officer were also treated for minor injuries.

… A Navy captain says that shortly after takeoff on the training mission, the F/A-18 Hornet “suffered a catastrophic mechanical malfunction,” but he would not speculate about the specifics.

A student pilot was in the front seat, with an “extremely experienced” pilot behind him.

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