(WASHINGTON) — The pilots of a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet that crashed into an apartment complex in a residential area of Virginia Beach, Va., on Friday were able to successfully eject themselves from the aircraft prior to impact, officials said.
The crash happened just past 12 p.m. ET, shortly after the jet took off from the Oceana Naval Station in Virginia Beach, a Navy spokesperson confirmed.
The two pilots were transported to a local hospital, Navy officials said. Their conditions were not immediately known.
A resident of the apartment complex where the plane went down told ABC News affiliate WVEC that one of the plane’s pilots landed on his back porch, still attached to the parachute. The pilot had lacerations to his face and “apologized very much” for hitting the complex, Pat Kavanaugh told WVEC.
There was no immediate word of civilian injuries.
In a statement issued early Friday afternoon, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said, “We are taking all possible steps at the state level to provide immediate resources and assistance to those impacted by the crash of an F-18 fighter jet in Virginia Beach.” He continued, “In the past half hour I have spoken to Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms several times and informed him that all Commonwealth resources are available to him as the community responds to this breaking situation. We are monitoring events carefully as they unfold and State Police resources are now on the scene. Our fervent prayer is that no one was injured or killed in this accident.”
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