Jet's "black box" found, 911 calls released

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Posted on April 9, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 12 at 12:03 AM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Crews continue to remove debris from buildings damaged in Friday's Hornet crash.

40 apartments at Mayfair Mews were either damaged or destroyed; displaced residents were getting assistance from the Navy as well as The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross.

Officials say they have recovered the flight incident recorder which is similar to a "black box" of a commercial plane.

Late Monday afternoon, some of the 911 calls were released, allowing everyone to hear the urgency of the matter in the seconds after the crash.

Meantime, the work of clearing the scene continued Monday as crews kept the public away from the complex for safety reasons.

Crews working in the debris have on masks and protective suits.

"Right now, in fact, the air is being monitored, the air quality is being monitored by the EPA and by other government officials; the soil is being sampled around. There are just things in place to ensure that carbon fibers aren’t getting in the environment," said Capt. Bob Geis, NAS Oceana Commanding Officer.

It was too early to tell what will happen to the complex - whether the owner will rebuild or whether there will be any effort to raze the complex since it's so close to the NAS Oceana.

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