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Navy meets with Mayfair Mews residents

Residents of the apartment complex in Va. Beach where an Oceana-based Hornet crashed on April 6 will get an update on assistance from the Navy.
Credit: WVEC

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Residents of Mayfair Mews, the complex where a Navy jet crashed on April 6, got an update on assistance from the Navy Thursday evening.

The F/A-18D Hornet crashed and burst into flames shortly after taking off from NASOceana. More than 40 apartments were damaged or destroyed. There were just 7 people injured, including the two pilots.

All this week, the Navy has been moving salvageable personal property and household goods from the apartments to temporary storage.

At the 6:00 p.m. meeting, the Navy updated residents on the status of compensation and assistance that's available to continue their recovery. Representatives from the City of Virginia Beach and relief agencies also were on hand. at the Law Enforcement Training Academy.

People who couldn't attend the meeting, those with additional questions or who have not yet requested emergency compensation or filed claims for property damage, can contact the Navy's Information Assistance Call Center at 757-435-3528 weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Meantime, Gov. Bob McDonnell is reiterating his support of the military presence in Virginia.

He sent a letter to Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on Wednesday, thanking military personnel for their 'demonstrated excellence and professionalism' in responding to the crash.

McDonnell wrote Mabus that Virginia and the city of Virginia beach will continue to welcome the Navy as a 'good neighbor.' He also said the state remains committed to assisting Virginia Beach with addressing encroachment issues around the Naval base.

Associated Press contributed to this report.