Navy jet has 'catastrophic mechanical malfunction,' hits apartments in Virginia
From Michael Martinez and Barbara Starr, CNN
April 6, 2012 -- Updated 2351 GMT (0751 HKT)
(CNN) -- A Navy fighter jet experienced a "catastrophic mechanical malfunction" during takeoff Friday over the military community of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and rained a stench of jet fuel shortly before crashing into apartment buildings, according to residents and Navy officials.
The jet carried a student pilot in the front seat and an experienced instructor behind him, and the dumping of jet fuel was "one of the indications that there was a mechanical malfunction," Navy Capt. Mark Weisgerber told reporters.
<..> Witness Amy Miller, a resident who was getting ready to work at a nearby cleaners, told CNN she saw the cockpit ejection and flames under the right wing as the jet descended. The aircraft appeared tilted toward the right as it went down, she said.
<..> Six people are unaccounted for at the crash scene, down from 30, Virginia Beach Fire Department Battalion Chief Tim Riley said.
Additional info. I hope they find the 6 people safe.