Friday, March 29, 2013

Virginia Beach Mayor Sessoms marks anniversary of Va. Beach jet crash

Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms is marking the anniversary of when a Navy jet crashed into an apartment complex.

No one was killed when the F/A-18D Hornet crashed into the Mayfair Mews apartment complex, although the impact destroyed 27 apartments, displaced dozens and injured seven.

A Navy investigation found that a rare dual-engine failure caused the jet to crash shortly after taking off from a nearby base.

Navy officials say the jet's two-man crew ejected at the last second possible to survive, 50 feet above ground.

Sessoms said in a statement Friday the fact that nobody died was the result of the community working together. He's calling for the city to celebrate the spirit of community that turned a tragic event into what he's calling a Good Friday miracle.

The crash happened on April 6, 2012.

Coming next week: The Virginian-Pilot looks back at the jet crash.

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