Pilot lands on man’s back porch; apologizes for crashing jet

Posted at 1:36 PM, Apr 06, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-06 14:07:55-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WTVR) – A retired rescue squad member said the pilot of a military jet that crashed into an apartment building Friday landed on the man's back porch.

"I heard three loud booms, so I up out from the couch and went to my back door," said Pat Kavanaugh, who lives in the Mayfair Mews apartments. "When I looked out, I saw a pilot on the ground with a parachute hanging from the building."

Kavanaugh said he ran outside to see what he could do to help him. He said the pilot had facial lacerations, was in shock and appeared to be still strapped to his seat.

"He apologized very much for hitting our complex and I said, 'don't worry, it's going to be fine,'" said Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh said he and some neighbors carried the pilot to safety. They managed to drag him to the other side of the apartment complex to wait for first responders to take him to the hospital.