Officials: Navy airmen die after jet crashes off Key West
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KEY WEST (FOX 13) - Two U.S. Navy aviators died Wednesday after their F/A-18F Super Hornet jet crashed off the coast of Key West, Florida during flight training, Fox News reports.
Navy officials said the jet was on approach to land at the naval air station around 4:30 p.m. EDT when it crashed into the water about a mile east of the runway.
The pilot and weapons system officer ejected and were recovered by the search team, but their deaths have now been confirmed.
The aircraft crew was 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.