US Navy F-18 Jet Plane Crashes into Apartment Building in Virginia Beach

A US Navy F-18 jet has crashed in what appears to be a residential area near Virginia Beach, Virginia.

A US Navy F-18 jet has crashed in what appears to be a residential area near Virginia Beach, Virginia.

A Navy spokesman told the BBC that the plane went down just before 12:08 (16:08 GMT) and two crew members ejected safely.

The plane hit an apartment building, with photos showing black smoke rising from behind houses.

There were no immediate reports of serious casualties and the cause of the crash is not yet known.

The plane is reported to have been based at the naval air station at Oceana, Virginia.

The pilots have sustained non-life threatening injuries and have been taken to a hospital, the Virginia Beach Fire and Rescue said. The fire was under control, they added.

Local news station WTKR reports that a significant amount of damage has been done to an apartment building located near the centre of town.

One person has been taken to hospital after suffering inhaling smoke, WTKR reports.

A nearby highway, Interstate 264, has been closed in both directions, local officials said.