WASHINGTON – Navy officials say a U.S. Navy fighter jet crashed Wednesday off the coast of Key West, Florida, and the two members of the crew have been recovered, but their conditions are not known.
According to the officials, the F/A-18 Super Hornet was on approach for landing at the naval air station around 4:30 pm EDT, and crashed in the water about a mile east of the runway. The pilot and weapons system officer ejected.
The aircraft of the crew is on the basis of the 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.
The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to provide details before the information is made public.