2012 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <LSiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2012 16:14:46 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] ENCROACHMENT: Virginia Beach jet crash
[Today the media rightfully are focusing on the emergency, but soon I expect renewed debate over the suitability of maintaining a busy Naval Air Station is such a heavily populated area. - LS]

UPDATE: Jet crash may have been caused by mechanical malfunction

By Mike Holtzclaw, Ashley Kelly, Hugh Lessig
Newport News Daily Press (VA)
April 6, 2012

VIRGINIA BEACH - A Navy official says a jet may have crashed Friday due to a mechanical malfunction.

The F/A-18 Hornet had just left Naval Air Station Oceana after noon when it crashed into the Mayfair Mews apartment complex, Captain Mark Weisgerber said during a news conference.

Weisgerber, with the Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic, said an initial investigation indicates that the crash was mechanical in nature, due to reports from people on the ground about a fuel spill.

A student pilot and an experienced pilot were aboard the two-seat jet, Weisgerber said. Both were safely ejected from the plane before it struck. The student pilot was seated in the front and the experienced pilot was in the back seat, Weisgerber said.


For the entire article, see
http://www.dailypress.com/news/breaking/dp-huge-billows-of-smoke- visible-near-naval-air-station-oceana-20120406,0,1657821,print.story


Lenny Siegel
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