Navy F/A-18 jet crash off Key West leaves 2 aviators dead


Two U.S. Navy aviators died Wednesday after their F/A-18F Super Hornet jet crashed off the coast of Key West, Florida.

The aviators — one pilot and one weapons systems officer — ejected from the twin-engine jet, which crashed around 4:30 p.m. on final approach to Boca Chica Field at Naval Air Station Key West, the Navy said in a statement. A source told Fox News that the jet was flying back on one engine when it lost the other at low altitude.

Both crew members, based out of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia, were taken to the Lower Keys Medical Center.

A marina owner in the Florida Keys told WPLG the Hornet jet caught fire mid-air, then crashed.

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