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A F/A-18D Navy fighter jet crashed into an (Credit: WAVY.COM)

A F/A-18D Navy fighter jet crashed into an apartment building in Virginia Beach, Va. Both crew members ejected, the Navy confirmed. A local official says it appears two Navy pilots dumped fuel from a fighter jet before it crashed into a Virginia apartment complex, and that likely prevented the resulting fire from being far worse, according to the Associated Press. Officials say at least three people were taken to hospitals, including the two pilots.(April 6, 2012)

Navy jet crashes into Virginia apartment

A Navy F-18 fighter jet crashed into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach, Va. (April 6, 2012)

Two Navy pilots managed to eject before their
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Two Navy pilots managed to eject before their F/A-18D Hornet jet slammed into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach, Va. Seven people, including the two pilots, were injured, but no one was killed. (April 6, 2012)

Part of the jet's ejection seat lays in
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Part of the jet's ejection seat lays in a backyard near the scene of the crash in Virginia Beach, Va. (April 6, 2012)

Emergency crews extinguish a fire at the scene
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Emergency crews extinguish a fire at the scene of a jet crash in Virginia Beach, Va. Two Navy pilots ejected from a fighter jet Friday, sending the unmanned plane careening into a Virginia Beach apartment complex and tearing the roof off at least one building that was engulfed in flames, officials said. (April 6, 2012)

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One of the apartment buildings at Mayfair Mews
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One of the apartment buildings at Mayfair Mews Apartments burns after being struck by a Navy fighter jet. (April 6, 2012)

A F/A-18D Navy fighter jet crashed into an
(Credit: WAVY.COM)

A F/A-18D Navy fighter jet crashed into an apartment building in Virginia Beach, Va on April 6, 2012. Both crew members ejected, the Navy confirmed. Bruce Nedelka, the Virginia Beach EMS division chief, said witnesses saw fuel being dumped from the jet before it went down, and that fuel was found on buildings and vehicles in the area, according to the Associated Press. Nedelka says that maneuver likely prevented what could have been a massive fireball and fire. Nedelka says the fire has been put out at the apartment complex, and crews are now going through to search for anyone who may have been inside.

A F/A-18D Navy fighter jet crashed into an
(Credit: WAVY.COM)

A F/A-18D Navy fighter jet crashed into an apartment building in Virginia Beach, Va on April 6, 2012. Two unidentified crew members ejected from the jet, with what were described as minor injuries, according to the Associated Press. Several people were being treated for smoke inhalation," says Bruce Nedelka, Virginia Beach EMS division chief.

A F/A-18D Navy fighter jet crashed into an
(Credit: WAVY.COM)

A F/A-18D Navy fighter jet crashed into an apartment building in Virginia Beach, Va. Both crew members ejected, the Navy confirmed. A local official says it appears two Navy pilots dumped fuel from a fighter jet before it crashed into a Virginia apartment complex, and that likely prevented the resulting fire from being far worse, according to the Associated Press. Officials say at least three people were taken to hospitals, including the two pilots.(April 6, 2012)

A F/A-18D Navy fighter jet crashed into an
(Credit: WAVY.COM)

A F/A-18D Navy fighter jet crashed into an apartment building in Virginia Beach, Va. Both crew members ejected, the Navy confirmed. Live video from WAVY-TV showed dozens of police cars, firetrucks and other emergency vehicles filling the densely populated neighborhood where the plane crashed, according to the Associated Press. Yellow fire hoses snaked through side streets as fire crews poured water on the charred rooftops of brick apartment houses.(April 6, 2012)

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A F/A-18D Navy fighter jet crashed into an
(Credit: WAVY.COM)

A F/A-18D Navy fighter jet crashed into an apartment building in Virginia Beach, Va. The jet was part of Strike Fighter Squadron 106, also known as the "Gladiators" that's stationed at Virginia's Naval Air Station Oceana. The squadron's mission is to train Navy and Marine Corps replacement pilots under a nine-month program, according to the Associated Press. Both crew members ejected with minor injuries. (April 6, 2012)

A F/A-18D Navy fighter jet crashed into an
(Credit: WAVY.COM)

A F/A-18D Navy fighter jet crashed into an apartment building in Virginia Beach, Va. Both crew members ejected, the Navy confirmed. A cause of Friday's crash has not been determined. "We assume it was a malfunction because it crashed in such a populated area," said Navy spokeswoman Lt. Kate Ringelstein, according to the Associated Press. (April 6, 2012)

A F/A-18D Navy fighter jet crashed into an
(Credit: WAVY.COM)

A F/A-18D Navy fighter jet crashed into an apartment building in Virginia Beach, Va. Both crew members ejected, the Navy confirmed. Tim Riley, a spokesman for the Virginia Beach Fire Department, said there is "significant" damage to five apartment buildings. (April 6, 2012)

A F/A-18D Navy fighter jet crashed into an
(Credit: WAVY.COM)

A F/A-18D Navy fighter jet crashed into an apartment building in Virginia Beach, Va. Both crew members ejected, the Navy confirmed. The crash happened in the Hampton Roads area, which has a large concentration of military bases, including Naval Station Norfolk, the largest naval base in the world, according to the Associated Press. Naval Air Station Oceana, where the F/A-18D that crashed was assigned, is located in Virginia Beach.(April 6, 2012)

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