Jets flying again at NAS Oceana

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Posted on April 11, 2012 at 6:10 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- It's business as usual at NAS Oceana Monday, three days after one of its jets crashed moments after take-off.  

"Normal flight operations have resumed," MCC(SW/AW) Craig P. Strawser told WVEC.com.

The two pilots in the F/A-18D Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron 106 injured in the crash at Mayfair Mews apartment complex were treated and released.

A fleet replacement pilot training on a new aircraft and an experienced instructor pilot had to eject when their aircraft suffered a catastrophic mechanical malfunction shortly after takeoff, the Navy said Friday.

Oceana, the East Coast Master Jet Base, was shut down for much of the weekend.

Meantime, the investigation into the crash continues. Officials are gathering debris from the damaged jet, interviewing witnesses, reviewing home videos and other data. If you have any footage of the aircraft in the moments before the crash,Navy investigators want to see it. Call 311 and city officials will get you in touch with an investigators to get a copy.

 

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