Yesterday a F-18 crashed into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach, VA. The pilots ejected before the crash and the plane tore into the center of the apartments.
The interstate and roads leading to this area were closed down yesterday as emergency people struggled to contain it. One person observed that this could have been much worse if the plane has crashed into the interstate.
At this point they say there are no fatalities. This is miraculous if they are correct. A miracle if no one was actually in that complex when the plane bore down on it. They (not sure who they are exactly) are saying no one died so they want us to believe that there was not a single person in that building in the middle of the day. This would be fantastic if it turns out to be true. It would be one for the record books. A plane crash and no one died in it (especially in a populated area).
There were many witnesses to this event and, while I was not one of them, they all said they saw people running from the crash but did not see anyone emerging from the buildings. I can not begin to imagine the horror of seeing a plane bearing down on you.
I have to imagine this is going to take a huge psychological toll on many people.
There will be other ramifications to this as well. Of course the military will have to pay to repair all the damage done to the physical structures but what about the emotional ones?
A coworker brought up a good point. He mentioned this could the end of the military in Virginia Beach. The military is looking at closing several bases and this could be the motivating factor to do so. If the base is shut down many more problems will arise for Virginia Beach.
Virginia Beach has two major industries. The military and tourism. Losing the military would be devastating. Lost the second, tourism, as well and it would be catastrophic. Virginia Beach would mainly cease being what it is now.