Seven people, including both pilots, were injured after a fighter jet crashed Friday into a Virginia Beach apartment complex and engulfing several buildings in flames.
Dozens of police cars, fire trucks and other emergency vehicles filled the densely populated neighborhood where the plane crashed.
US Navy Admiral John Harvey says the fact no one was seriously hurt when a fighter jet hit an apartment complex is a miracle. He also thanked the city’s citizens, who he said had pulled the navy’s aircrew to safety, dragged fire hoses into place and helped evacuate the apartment complex.
“We’re so blessed and truly believe a miracle has occurred here with us not having any victims,” Virginia Beach mayor Will Sessoms said at a brief news conference.
“At the end of the day,” said Daniel O. Rose, a former Navy jet pilot, “I think it was a lot of fortuity. You look at this as a one-off and you still got to scratch your head.”
A special victims fund is available to assist those whose homes or possessions were damaged or destroyed. More than two dozen people spent the night at a temporary shelter.