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6 of 7 F/A-18D crash victims are now home

Apr. 6, 2012 - 06:44PM   |   Last Updated: Apr. 6, 2012 - 06:44PM  |  
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Blood-covered F/A-18 Hornet pilot apologized for c...: A Virginia Beach, Va., resident says a blood-covered Navy pilot told her, 'I'm sorry I destroyed your home' as he was loaded into an ambulance. (Reuters; April 6, 2012)
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Virginia Beach, Va., firefighters work the site of a F/A-18D Hornet crash on April 6 in Virginia Beach. (L. Todd Spencer / The (Norfolk, Va.) Virginian-Pil)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Six of the seven people injured when a fighter jet crashed into a Virginia apartment complex have been released from the hospital, officials said Friday.

Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital spokesman Dale Gauding said one of pilots remains hospitalized, hours after a student and instructor crashed shortly after takeoff.

About 40 apartments were damaged or destroyed in the crash, emergency officials said. No fatalities have been reported, but officials said they still have not accounted for all the residents.

Fleet Forces Command spokesman Navy Capt. Mark Weisgerber said that while the jet dumped loads of fuel, avoiding what could have been a large explosion, it's not clear if that was intentional. It's possible the fuel was dumped because of a malfunction on the plane, Weisgerber said.

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