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Navy Jet Crashes In Key West, Killing Two

An F/A-18F Super Hornet, the type of plane that crashed Wednesday near Key West.
An F/A-18F Super Hornet, the type of plane that crashed Wednesday near Key West.

A U.S. Navy jet crashed on approach to the Naval Air Station Key West airfield at Boca Chica Key Wednesday afternoon, killing both aviators.

The F/A-18F Super Hornet was on final approach to the runway at the airfield. The crew, based at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia, was in Key West on a training mission.

Rescue crews found the pilot and weapons system officer in the water about a mile east of the runway and took them to Lower Keys Medical Center. They were both declared dead, according to a statement from the Navy.

The names of the aviators have not been released until their families have been notified.

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