04/07/12 180 W, 1 I - + 5 - 6 Aftermath of Virginia Beach Fighter Crash

Found in this Firegeezer post, here's a nifty Navy photo of the aftermath of yesterday's F-18 crash into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach. Here's the original high-resolution image from the US Navy. Observe the crash truck that's between the buildings in the center of the frame. Anyone seen a run card for this incident yet? The jet landed in the courtyard, which was miraculous unto itself. Google for coverage, or visit your regular fire blogs and news sites for more. Click to enlarge:

US Navy photo

Here's the caption, from www.navy.mil:

120406-N-DC018-423 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (April 6, 2012) Firefighting foam covers the scene of a crash of an F/A-18D Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, April 6, 2012. Initial reports indicate that at approximately 12:05 p.m., the jet crashed just after takeoff at an apartment complex in Virginia Beach. Both air crew safely ejected from the aircraft and are being treated at a local hospital. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Antonio P. Turretto Ramos/Released)

This looks like it would have been taken from VBFD Ladder 8 (a tower).
harkey - 04/07/12 - 11:21

You can bet that scene perimeter got real tight real quick!

I am reminded of a story of the fighter jet crash in Morehead City, in 1983. Was the year I went to college, and had been away from Morehead for maybe two weeks? As the story goes, the jet entered the front door of a house, and the residents went out the back door. But before maybe even the MCFD fire chief had arrived on scene, military police were already there and had secured the scene. Maybe someone with more than an 18 year-old’s memory (at the time) can add or correct on that one.
Legeros - 04/07/12 - 11:24

Here’s a run card, posted by Jeff Harkey to the Facebook page of Virginia Beach fire photographer Martin Grube. Unit information from fireground audio that he transcribed:

First Alarm:
BC1, E11, E8, E3, Navy E31, L11, L8, Fire Squad 3, R12, R14, R8, Safety 1.

Second Alarm:
Believe there was a dispatch error. Third alarm may have been the second, and the subsequent special units may have been the third.

Third Alarm:
BC3, BC4, E12, E21, E5, E16B, L21, 1720R, 921R, 1922R, Zone16.

Additional Units:
SQ10, L16, ARFF7, C2, C1, C7, BC2, EMS3, 5, 6, C8, Zone14, Zone8, 827R, EMS3, 1425, 1420R.

Fourth Alarm:
E5B, E20, E17, L9, R1214, 1426, 523B.

Fifth Alarm:
E5B, E20, E17, L9, R1214, 1426, 523B.

Additional Units:
E202, E4, E1, L1.

According to Wikipedia, WBFD has 20 engines (some of which are telesquirts), seven ladders, two squads, and some special units.
Legeros - 04/07/12 - 16:34

It is nothing short of a miracle that no one was killed.
Marcus - 04/08/12 - 01:24

Here’s the fireground audio for same. Good listening! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pla..
Legeros - 04/08/12 - 10:48

I don’t remember the crash in Morehead but while assigned as Captain at one of the Prisons in Hoke Co. They had a couple crashes within a mile or 2 of the prisons. A helicopter in the late 90,s with several deaths and a special ops plane with 1 death. I had several Vol. Fireman who worked for me and in both cases they said when there departments arrived military personnel had already arrived and denied civilian firefighters to approach the crash sites. And they waited for Fort Bragg Fire Department to arrived and extinguish the fires and handle the scenes.
Galax,VA - 04/08/12 - 15:29

Here’s a Star-News article on the Morehead City crash. EA-6B prowler crashed into a house on Shepard Street in August 1983. Two civilian injuries, one transported by helicopter to a hospital in Winston-Salem. Four crewmen ejected.

Legeros - 04/08/12 - 15:34

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