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Navy F/A-18 jet crashes off Key West, official says

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

(U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mario Coto)

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

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

A marina owner in the Florida Keys, told WPLG that the Hornet jet caught fire the air, and then crashed about one km from the runway of Naval Air Station Key West.

Officials said the crew is on the basis of the Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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.

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.”

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and Kelly Chernenkoff, together with The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Nicole Darrah cover breaking and trending news for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah.

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