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Oceana-based jet crashes off Key West; 2 crew members recovered

Oceana-based jet crashes off Key West; 2 crew members recovered

The F-18, a twin-engine supersonic aicraft used by the US Navy, came down in waters near Naval Air Station Key West in Florida on the US east coast.

The pilots managed to eject from the US$70 million jet before it hit the water, local media reported.

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

The Superhornet is part of Strike Fighter Squadron 213 (VFA-213), the "Fighting Blacklions".

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"Literally, the wings went vertical, and there was a fireball, and it just literally dropped out of the sky", Wilson said.

Photos from the scene show a rescue helicopter hovering over the jet as it sits overturned in the water.

The aircraft crew is based out of Naval Air Station Oceana, in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The US Nvay is yet to release any information about pilots, whose condition is unknown.


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