Navy jet crashes in Virginia; apartment buildings on fire

A Navy jet crashed Friday near Virginia Beach, Virginia, a military spokesman said .

The plane appears to have crashed into some apartments, and two apartment buildings were on fire, CNN affiliate WTKR reported, citing witnesses.

The jet was from Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

Authorities did not immediately know the status of the crew of the two-seater F/A-18, said Lt. Cmdr. Mike Kafka, a Navy spokesman.

A witness, George Pilkington, told CNN that he saw the jet strike an apartment building.

"When the initial impact happened, there was debris and pieces of the airplane flying everywhere,” hitting other buildings, Pilkington said. “There’s damage to different parts of the buildings all around it.”


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