Virginia Beach jet crash: Navy offering compensation

ABC7, AP — Just-released 911 calls from when a military jet crashed into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach Friday reveal the fear of those near the scene.

"We just had a jet explode on Birdneck ...," a caller said to a 911 operator. "The place, it's on fire. I don't know. Get everybody out there."

Navy officials have also started providing compensation to those affected by the crash.

Navy representatives opened a legal office at the Virginia Beach Law Enforcement Training Academy on Monday for affected residents to drop off forms and pick up their checks. Initial payments start at $2,300 for an individual resident, with more going to residents with families.

The information center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this week.

Residents aren't being permitted back into the apartment complex until the cleanup is complete, but should talk with on-site fire officials about valuables. Residents' towed cars were available for pickup Monday.

Dozens of apartment units were destroyed when the F/A-18D Hornet careened into the Mayfair Mews apartment complex, but no one died.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

PHOTOS: See amazing photos of the jet crash.

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