Navy Jet Crash in Virginia Beach, Va., Fiery, Not Deadly

 Monday, April 9, 2012

 Insurance Journal

Zooming along at 170 mph (275 kph) in a fighter jet carrying thousands of pounds (kilograms) of volatile fuel, two Navy pilots faced nothing but bad choices when their aircraft malfunctioned over Virginia’s most populated city on Friday, April 6. “Catastrophic engine system failure right after takeoff, which is always the most critical phase of flying, leaves very, very few options,” said aviation safety expert and decorated pilot J.F. Joseph. “You literally run out of altitude, air speed and ideas all at the same time,” he said.