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Some Beach residents concerned about safety near Oceana

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Posted at 9:59 PM, Apr 27, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-27 21:59:07-04

Tina Steel is on her way out. She's taking all of her stuff and leaving Oceana.

The jet crash into the Mayfair Mews apartments three weeks ago was the deciding factor.

"We were ready to move because that was too close. They were just flying over us right before that happened. So it was very scary,” says Tina.

Steel lives next to the empty field where a Sea Dragon Helicopter made a precautionary landing Thursday.

Even though there was no damage to property or the helicopter, the unexpected landing only made her feel better about her move.

"Just knowing another one came down was very scary. Knowing that they're just too close, way too close," says Tina.

All eight people were able to get off of the helicopter unharmed.

It landed in an empty, privately owned field that's next to the 19 acres the city bought back in 2008.

But it's not part of the state and city's plan of clearing land around Oceana.

It's being used as a maintenance center for Beach school buses.

Michelle Patriquin has lived there for a year.

Yesterday's precautionary landing has her set to leave.

"It's just too much with the planes being around and the helicopter problem. It's too much, too scary, and I respect my life. I don't want to be around to see that happen," says Michael.

Two Navy aircraft problems in three weeks has not scared everyone.

Kenny Marshall feels just as safe as ever.

"We need our bases. We need our military support. I think it's good in the area to have bases around like that to help protect us around the area," says Kenny.

The helicopter headed back to Naval Station Norfolk in the mid-morning. People in the area say they hope it's the last time this happens so they no longer have to worry about it.