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

A us Navy F/A-18 Hornet jet crashed off the coast of Key West, Florida, on Wednesday, an official told Fox News.

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Two US Navy pilots died on Wednesday after the F/A-18F Super Hornet jet they were flight training in crashed off the coast of Key West, Florida.

The pilots — one pilot and one weapon systems officer — ejected from the twin-jet engine, which crashed around 4:30 pm on final approach to the 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.

Naval Air Station Key West emergency services at the scene of an F/A-18 Super Hornet crash that occurred about 4:30 o’clock in the afternoon out of Boca Chica Field. See the attached release from Naval Air Force Atlantic. pic.twitter.com/v3lvqZEbtd

— NAS Key West (@NASKeyWest) March 14, 2018

Both crew members, on the basis 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 that the Hornet jet caught fire the air, then crashed.

The Super Hornet is a twin-engine fighter jet that is larger than the single-seat F/A-18 Hornet.

The Ministry of Defence will not identify the pilots in the public until 24 hours after their families are notified. The crash is still under investigation.

A pilot and a weapon systems officer ejected from the twin-jet engine, and search-and-rescue operations are under way.

(U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan Carter)

President Asset during a roundtable at Boeing on Wednesday named the F/A-18 is a work of “art” and said that he is working with Congress to fund 24 new jets.

The jet was from VFA-213 Blacklions squadron. Last year, the same deployed aboard the USS George H. W. Bush to conduct ISIS strikes in Iraq and Syria.

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Earlier this month, an F/A-18 squadron a rare night flyover in Annapolis, Maryland, with an advantage of a Capitals vs Maple Leafs outdoor NHL hockey game played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

In November, the head of Marine Aviation, told the Congress that only half of the Navy, 542 F-18 Super Hornet fighter jets can fly now and only 31 percent were fully mission capable and ready to “fight tonight.”

Fox News’ Kelly Chernenkoff and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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