Recordings offer new perspective on Navy jet crash in Virginia Beach

Recordings offer new perspective on Navy jet crash in Virginia Beach

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Recordings offer new perspective on Navy jet crash in Virginia Beach

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by Associated Press and 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on July 27, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 27 at 8:01 PM

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VIRGINIA BEACH -- Audio recordings from the crash of a malfunctioning F/A-18D Hornet  that took place in April, 2012 reveal the calm, controlled response of a team of air traffic controllers amid the maelstrom of a $29 million fighter jet bursting into flames.

The jet crashed into a courtyard at Mayfair Mews apartments off Birdneck Road at about 12:05 p.m. the Friday before Easter. A 3-alarm fire followed. Because no one in the jet or on the ground died during the incident, people often refer to it as "The Black Friday Miracle."

The Virginian-Pilot obtained more than 4 hours of audio recordings from that day through the Freedom of Information Act. Pilot reporter Mike Hixenbaugh breaks things down in his article.

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