US Navy F-18 Hornet Crashes in Virginia Shortly After Takeoff

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US Navy F-18 Super Hornet crashes in a residential area. Photo Credit: US Navy

A US Navy F-18 Hornet crashed in the residential area of Virginia at 16:08 GMT, in an apartment complex where 40 apartments units were damaged/destroyed. No fatalities reported as yet.

The US Navy jet crashed 2.2 miles from the runway of Naval air station Oceana. The jet, piloted by a student pilot in the front, and an experienced instructor pilot at the back, was reported to be conducting flight without any live ordinance.

What Happened in the F-18 Crash?

The F-18 Super Hornet is a fighter jet made by Boeing. The Super Hornet crashed immediately after takeoff and the two pilots ejected at a very low altitude, as per the witness accounts. the witnesses also relate that:

  • There was a shower of fuel just before the airplane hit the ground.
  • The nose of the aircraft was up, and its tail was down.
  • The aircraft was tilted towards the right.
  • There were sounds coming from the engine.

You can see the aftermath of the crash in this YouTube Video:

Click to Read Page Two: Navy Hornet Crash: What the Witness Reports May Mean

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