VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - The announcement that the Navy has finished its investigation into the crash of an F-18 jet at the Mayfair Mews Apartments in April is getting mixed reactions from residents.
The crash destroyed several units and forced residents of Mayfair Mews apartment complex out for weeks. The lot where apartments damaged by the jet crash once stood is still empty.
Nobody remembers that day better than Pat Kavanaugh, who helped rescue one of the pilots from the aircraft. Kavanaugh said the results of the Navy's investigation into the crash are of little interest to him.
"We're not going to forget about this for a very long time," Kavanaugh told WAVY.com. "We're trying to get over it and get on with our lives. It won't make a lot of difference to me what the report says."
Kavanaugh's apartment was not damaged in the crash, but many of his neighbors weren't so lucky.
"It came in from Oceana, across Birdneck Road, hit the back of an apartment in the front, the corner of the townhouse, hit the parking lot and then landed on my building, in my apartment," resident Sandy Hall said.
Hall lost everything that day and is very interested in the results of the Navy's investigation.
The Navy's own handbook for these kind of investigations says the findings "Often provide the basis for a later claim against the Navy. This claim may even evolve into a lawsuit."
"Nobody wants to go there but pretty much everybody has told us that you can't sue the Navy," Hall said.
Hall said the Navy has required her to present her own case when seeking compensation for valuable possessions she said were destroyed in the crash.
"Well, I think it's a little ridiculous that they landed a plane in my house and I have to prove that I owned anything," Hall said. "I mean everything that I put on my claim of value I'm being questioned about."
Hall said she has some questions of her own for the navy.
"Who's responsible for putting the plane in the air?" Hall said. "Who checked the plane before it went up?"
Investigators said the handbook should have addressed these questions. The results will be publicized 1 p.m. on July 2 at NAS Oceana in the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit hangar.
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