A U.S. Navy F-18 fighter crashed shortly after take-off into an apartment building in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and set it on fire, authorities said on Friday.

The two crew members ejected safely from the F-18, said Navy spokesman Phil Rosi on MSNBC. He said the plane was from a training squadron at Naval Air Station Oceana at Virginia Beach.

Virginia Beach is on the Atlantic Coast about 200 miles (321 km) south of Washington, DC.

(Reporting By Charles Abbott; Editing by Sandra Maler)