VIRGINIA BEACH -- Just a few people who live at Mayfair Mews, the apartment complex damaged when a Navy jet crashed last Friday, were allowed in their units Thursday to search for belongings.
Nine units are salvageable and 27 units were destroyed so nothing in those is salvageable, said Battalion Chief Tim Riley.
Just the residents of the nine apartments were escorted to their homes.
"I didn't know if I would have anything left," said Jenine Bardy.
She was surprised how much was still there -- even the plates in her china cabinet hadn't even moved.
She knows she's one of the lucky few and feels bad for her neighbors who lost so much.
The Washington, DC attorney for the complex's owner is there as well and is keeping the media off the grounds as residents are escorted to their homes.
Pieces of the wrecked aircraft are being recovered and taken to NAS Oceana, the jet's home base, where investigators will work to determine the official cause of the April 6 crash. Among pieces found so far are the aircraft’s wing section, parts of the fuselage, an engine and the flight incident recorder, similar to a civilian plane's "black box."
The F/A-18D Hornet from VFA-106 suffered a catastrophic mechanical malfunction shortly after takeoff, the Navy said. The two pilots, a fleet replacement pilot training on a new aircraft and an experienced instructor pilot had to eject. They were treated for minor injuries.
Navy officials expect to have debris collection completed by week's end.