Fighter Jet Crashes Off Key West, Florida - US Navy

Lester Mason
March 15, 2018

S. Navy F/A-18 fighter jet crashed in the water on the property of Naval Air Station Key West late Wednesday afternoon.

Two pilots ejected from the aicraft at around 4.30pm local time and a rescue effort is now under way, according to the US Navy.

Naval Air Forces Atlantic spokesman Commander Dave Hecht said the pilot was training off the coast of Key West and ejected.

Earlier this month, an F/A-18 from the squadron performed a rare nighttime flyover in Annapolis, Maryland, ahead of a Capitals versus Maple Leafs outdoor NHL hockey game played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Witnesses claim that the plane appeared to explode in the air, the Miami Herald reported.

"It was going in to land, and all of a sudden, the whole thing flipped sideways and I saw a fireball", witness Barbie Wilson told CBS News.

"These jets have been flying all day". "It was like something out of a movie".

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

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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