Officials: Navy Jet Crashes Off Key West

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
March 14, 2018USshare
Officials: Navy Jet Crashes Off Key West
In this March 3, 2017 file photo, a row of F18 fighter jets are shown on the deck of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) off the disputed South China Sea. Navy officials say a fighter jet has crashed off the coast of Key West, Florida, and rescue efforts are underway. The officials say the F/A-18 Hornet’s two crew members ejected and are based out of Naval Air Station Oceana, in Virginia Beach, Va. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

WASHINGTON—Navy officials say a U.S. Navy fighter jet crashed Wednesday off the coast of Key West, Florida, and its two crew members have been recovered, but their conditions are not known.

According to officials, the F/A-18 Super Hornet was on approach to land at the naval air station around 4:30 p.m. EDT, and crashed into the water about a mile east of the runway. The pilot and weapons system officer ejected.

The aircraft crew is based out of Naval Air Station Oceana, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Super Hornet is a twin-engine fighter jet that is larger than the single-seat F/A-18 Hornet.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to provide details before the information has been made public.

 

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