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Aircraft Mishap Drill held in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake

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Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 9:59 am | Updated: 10:20 am, Fri Dec 16, 2011.

Naval Air Station Oceana coordinated with the cities of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake for an exercise on Dec. 15 that involved a simulated Navy jet crash near Old Pungo Ferry Road in Virginia Beach.

This drill took place in order to train the city's first responders in the case of a Navy jet crash (Virginia Beach) and an ejected pilot (Chesapeake) outside the fence line of NAS Oceana. The goal was to develop and exercise coordination efforts between the two cities and the Navy's first responders. The drill included a numerous emergency services personnel and vehicles that responded to the Navy's fire trainer, e placed in the parking lot of the old Capt. George's restaurant.

NAS Oceana personnel practice at least annually for the potential of a military aircraft crash, and the drill often involves the city's first responders, but this will be the first time such a drill took place involving both Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.

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