Navy jet crashes off Key West, killing 2 crew

2018-03-15 08:43
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Washington - A US Navy fighter jet crashed on Wednesday off the coast of Key West, Florida, killing its two crew.

The F/A-18 Super Hornet was on approach to land at the naval air station around 16:30 EDT, and crashed into the water about a mile east of the runway.

The pilot and weapons system officer ejected and were recovered, but US Naval Air Forces reported late on Wednesday night that both had died. Their names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The cause of the crash is also under investigation.

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.

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