VIRGINIA BEACH -- A large crane lifted one of the engines from that F/A-18D Hornet that crashed into the courtyard of Mayfair Mews apartments last Friday.
Pieces that are recovered are being taken to NAS Oceana so investigators can focus on what happened to cause the jet to crash moments after taking off. Initially, the Navy attributes it to a mechanical malfunction.
Engine and system technical experts and a flight systems technical expert from Boeing, the F/A-18 aircraft manufacturer, were to be on site throughout the recovery process.
The aircraft’s Crash Survivable Flight Incident Recorder was found and sent to Naval Air Systems Command at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, for analysis.
Once the aircraft is removed from the site, a Navy contractor will begin to remove any contaminated soil.
Five days after the crash, in which seven people, including the two pilots, were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, some residents still can't believe what happened. The noon-time crash on April 6 damaged or destroyed five buildings at Mayfair News.
"I’m just glad I was able to get out alive," said one man.
Meantime, the Environmental Protection Agency continues to monitor the air for carbon carbon fibers. More meters were dropped off at the crash site on Birdneck Road.
All levels are reading good so far, officials stated.
After the air, water, and soil clean up has been completed, the work will turn to demolishing the unsafe structures.