U.S. Navy jet crashes off Key West; 2 crew members killed
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. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, March 14, 2018 6:19PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, March 15, 2018 12:56AM EDT
WASHINGTON - A U.S. Navy fighter jet crashed Wednesday off the coast of Key West, Florida, killing its two crew members.
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 and were recovered, but U.S. Naval Air Forces reported late 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.
U.S. President Donald Trump has tweeted his condolences.