Mayfair Mews residents returning five weeks after jet crash

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by Mike Gooding

WVEC.com

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Updated Friday, May 11 at 5:21 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH - Five weeks after the crash of an Oceana-based Navy Hornet at Mayfair News apartments, dozens of people are returning to their apartments.

One woman told us Friday morning she's happy to be home.

The jet crashed moments after taking off from the Master Jet Base on April 6.

The Navy demolished 27 units, removed contaminated soil and cleaned the 37 units that were undamaged. All utilities were back on by Tuesday.

The state gave the all-clear for the move-in after confirming the site was clear of oil, gasoline, diesel, and a variety of solvents and penetrating oils.

The investigation into the crash, which injured 7 people including the two pilots, continues.

The Navy says residents can still call Norfolk Tort Claims Unit at 757-341-4583 with claims questions.

The Navy says affected residents have up to two years to file a claim. They can file a claim with their private insurance carrier (if they have one) or directly with the Navy. If their loss exceeds their insurance coverage, a resident can file a claim with the Navy for the additional amount.

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