A United States Navy F-18 Hornet jet fighter has crashed into a residential neighbourhood in Virginia shortly after take off.
As reported BBC News, Reuters, USA Today and several other major news outlets a US Navy Air Force F-18 Hornet crashed shortly after take off in a residential area around the vicinity of Virginia Beach in the state of Virginia.
The two crew members onboard successfully ejected and haven't sustained any life threatening injuries. Their jet smashed into the center of the five building Mayfair apartment complex, as of writing it is believed that two buildings are on fire. There have been reports of thick black smoke billowing from the scene, according to the local news service WTKR the apartment block has sustained a substantial amount of damage from the crash, at least one witness has reported seeing the jet burst into flames once it hit the building.
The Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was quoted as stating:
"We are taking all possible steps at the state level to provide immediate resources and assistance to those impacted by the crash of an F-18 fighter jet in Virginia Beach. In the past half hour I have spoken to Virginia Beach Major Will Sessoms several times and informed him that all Commonwealth resources are available to him as the community responds to this breaking situation. We are monitoring events carefully as they unfold and State Police resources are now on the scene. Our fervent prayer is that no one was injured or killed in this accident."
The Virginia Beach Fire and Rescue have stated that the fire resulting from the crash is now under control.