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Navy simulated Virginia Beach jet crash in December drill

April 10, 2012 by legitgov

Navy simulated Virginia Beach jet crash in December drill By Lori Price, http://www.legitgov.org/ 09 Apr 2012 As CLG reported Friday: Holy coincidence, Batman! Navy held recent drill to prepare for 'exact' events of Va. crash 06 Apr 2012 The US Navy held a drill on 15 December to prepare for the 'exact' situation that took place Friday, regarding the F/A-18 Navy jet crash. (No link, Fox News, 7PM ET live broadcast). Well, a link has been located by a CLG commenter 4q2:

Navy simulates jet crash in Va. Beach 15 Dec 2011 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) On Thursday, the Navy simulated a jet crash near Old Pungo Ferry Road in Virginia Beach. The drill was organized to train Virginia Beach and Chesapeake first responders. The scenario: A navy jet is unable to make the return trip to Oceana and has crashed near Back Bay in Virginia Beach. The goal was to develop and exercise coordination efforts between the two cities and the Navy's first responders, according to a news release from NAS Oceana... "There are specific responder issues in dealing with aircraft that they wouldn't normally face," NAS Oceana Dist. Fire Chief Kenneth Snyder said. Like unexploded ordinance and extremely flammable composite materials.NAS Oceana personnel practice at least annually for the potential of a military aircraft crash, and the drill often involves the city's first responders, but this is the first time a drill will involve both Chesapeake and Virginia Beach .

Remember this item?

Navy jet crash: Don't breathe the air, don't touch the debris 06 Apr 2012 Virginia Beach residents were warned Friday to avoid the site of a Navy jet crash lest they come in contact with toxic materials sent swirling into the air upon impact. They were also warned to leave alone any debris they might find from the downed aircraft -- and to call 911 to report it. A Navy official said the jet suffered "catastrophic engine failure" shortly after takeoff from Naval Air Station Oceana, causing the F/A-18 Hornet to drop out of the sky, as one witness described it. The crash occurred around 12:30 p.m. Eastern time, and the two pilots aboard ejected safely.

Another account of the drill, cited by CLG commenter WisestFool, is here:

Aircraft Mishap Drill held in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake --Drill for first time involved both Chesapeake and Virginia Beach 15 Dec 2011 Naval Air Station Oceana coordinated with the cities of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake for an exercise on Dec. 15 that involved a simulated Navy jet crash near Old Pungo Ferry Road in Virginia Beach. This drill took place in order to train the city's first responders in the case of a Navy jet crash (Virginia Beach) and an ejected pilot (Chesapeake) outside the fence line of NAS Oceana. The goal was to develop and exercise coordination efforts between the two cities and the Navy's first responders. 

US Navy 'Mishap Drill' December 2011
Virginia Beach, VA 15 Dec 2012 First responders from Virginia Beach and Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana participate in a drill involving a simulated jet crash near Old Pungo Ferry Road in Virginia Beach Dec. 15, 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Antonio P. Turretto Ramos)

Gee, looks like the Navy had another 'mishap drill,' in March 2012!

Jet Crash in Virginia Beach
Photo of actual Navy jet crash - Virgina Beach, 06 March 2012

Comment by CLG Facebook poster, Ricardo Früstöckl: 'I wonder if that building needed to have the asbestos removed like the twin towers did? Or maybe the NAV just needed a new jet.' --Exactly!

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