Navy jet crashes in Key West

Navy jet crashes in Key West

A Navy F-18 fighter jet crashed in the water near a naval station in Key West, Florida, Wednesday afternoon, the Navy says.

"I can confirm we have an F/A-18 down", Hecht confirmed. "It was doing some training off of Key West".

One pilot and one weapons systems officer were ejected from the twin-engine jet, and search and rescue efforts are under way.

"The pilot ejected", said Hecht.


Photos on social media showed a rescue helicopter hovering over the jet as it sat overturned in the water. "Then it went a little sideways, then I saw fire, and then it just literally dropped out of the sky", Wilson said. Dave Hecht, a spokesman for Naval Air Forces Atlantic.

President Trump during a roundtable at Boeing on Wednesday called the F/A-18 a work of "art", and said that he's working with Congress to fund 24 new jets.

The jet belonged to VFA-213, a fighter squadron which is based in Oceana, Virginia, near Norfolk.

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