Virginia delegation praises Navy jet crash response

Virginia delegation praises Navy jet crash response

Credit: U.S. Navy

120410-N-DC018-082 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (April 10, 2012) Firefighters from Navy Mid-Atlantic Region and a hazardous material cleanup team prepare the wreckage of an F/A-18D Hornet for removal from the Mayfair Mews Apartment complex. The Navy will continue cleanup work at the crash site and expects to finish removing most aircraft debris by the end of the week. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Antonio P. Turretto Ramos/Released)

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Associated Press

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 17 at 4:29 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) -- Virginia's congressional delegation is praising the local, state and military response after a Navy fighter jet crashed into their apartment complex in Virginia Beach earlier this month.

All 13 members of the delegation joined in a letter Tuesday to U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to praise what they called "seamless coordination."

'The F/A-18D Hornet crashed April 6 just after taking off from Naval Air Station Oceana. No one was killed, but dozens of apartments were damaged or destroyed by the impact or fire from the crash.

In the letter, the delegation said that there's no question that the coordination between all parties prevented additional casualties and property losses. They also praised the efforts of local residents who quickly pulled the two Navy pilots to safety and then helped fire crews.

 

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