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    Re: U.S. Navy jet crashes in Virginia; 2 pilots believed to have ejected


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    Re: U.S. Navy jet crashes in Virginia; 2 pilots believed to have ejected

    OMG, this thread is the first I've heard of this. What a tragedy. Am going to turn on the news now.

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    Re: U.S. Navy jet crashes in Virginia; 2 pilots believed to have ejected

    CNN reporting 9 injuries, no deaths so far. However, they are saying they have only gone through 2 of the 5 buildings damaged so far...
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    Re: U.S. Navy jet crashes in Virginia; 2 pilots believed to have ejected

    VIRGINIA BEACH

    Two pilots ejected from a Navy F/A-18D Hornet this afternoon shortly before the plane apparently slammed into the Mayfair Mews apartment complex on Fleming Circle at Birdneck Road. As of late Friday afternoon, no fatalities had been reported.

    Fire Chief Steven Cover said rescue crews had entered every building in the apartment complex for primary searches and planned a second search. No fatalities had been found as of about 5:15 p.m., but there were still residents of the affected apartments crews were trying to locate.

    Battalion Chief Tim Riley, a department spokesman, said about 5:30 p.m. that all but six apartments had been searched.

    The fire set off by the crash affected about 40 apartment units and took about an hour to bring under control, the chief said.
    Navy jet slams into Virginia Beach apartments | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

    I heard on the news that there are several dozen people missing.

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    Re: U.S. Navy jet crashes in Virginia; 2 pilots believed to have ejected

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    Re: U.S. Navy jet crashes in Virginia; 2 pilots believed to have ejected

    If there is any doubt as to the damage a single plane can do to a building... let that be put to rest today. This was an F-18. Imagine a ****ing Boeing hitting the same location.
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    Re: U.S. Navy jet crashes in Virginia; 2 pilots believed to have ejected

    I checked the news this morning and now officials say that all apartments have been entered, but 3 people remain unaccounted. I can only hope that these 3 are away with relatives for Easter. With such a catastrophic crash and so far, it appears with no loss of life, it is truly a miracle because that area has been built up so much over the years.

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    Re: U.S. Navy jet crashes in Virginia; 2 pilots believed to have ejected

    It would be a miracle is not one person was killed in this accident.

    Our air traffic of civilian and military is still very safe in this country. By comparison by 2009 numbers there were 93 vehicle accident deaths a day.
    Considering the volume of air traffic it really is amazing of the safety record of air travel.

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    Re: U.S. Navy jet crashes in Virginia; 2 pilots believed to have ejected

    Quote Originally Posted by bicycleman View Post
    I checked the news this morning and now officials say that all apartments have been entered, but 3 people remain unaccounted. I can only hope that these 3 are away with relatives for Easter. With such a catastrophic crash and so far, it appears with no loss of life, it is truly a miracle because that area has been built up so much over the years.
    Yeah well they are a flying fuel tank.

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    Re: U.S. Navy jet crashes in Virginia; 2 pilots believed to have ejected

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    Yeah well they are a flying fuel tank.
    I once thought of taking flying lessons, read every book and magazine about flying, and was entralled by 3 coworkers who piloted small planes. Then one Saturday, a coworker took me up in my first ride in a Cessna 150. I discovered that it wasn't at all like driving a car. When he put the plane into a nose dive and went from 0 g's to positive g's and back, all of a sudden, reality sunk in when I was strapped in and helpless, I knew what a pilot felt before he dies, knowing full well the plane is about to crash and he can do nothing. My apirations about flying were over that day, to the relief of my mother. The other pilots in the shop just couldn't understand why Bob did that to me. Well, Bob tested me to find out if I was really ready for piloting or just a dreamer. I will continue to dream while being on Terra Firma. Flying is not for everyone, though I have been involved with repairing aircraft instruments and electronic systems (avionics) for aircraft and now buying them for many years, I don't want to fly one, though.

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