Navy F/A-18 jet crashes off Key West, official says

A U. T. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft crashed off the coast of Essential West, Florida, on Wednesday, the told Fox News.

One initial and one weapons systems officer thrown from the twin-engine jet, and lookup and rescue efforts are below way.

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

One pilot then one weapons systems officer ejected in the twin-engine jet, and search plus rescue efforts are under method.   (U. Ersus. Navy photo by Mass Conversation Specialist 3rd Class Ryan Carter)

Officials said the team is based out of Naval Air Train station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va.  

President Trump during a roundtable from Boeing on Wednesday called the F/A-18 a work of “art, inch and said that he’s working with Our elected representatives to fund 24 new jets.

The plane was from the VFA-213 Blacklions squadron. Last year, the same squadron deployed up to speed USS George H. W. Rose bush to conduct ISIS strikes within Iraq and Syria.  


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

In Nov, the head of Naval Aviation informed Congress that only half the particular Navy’ s 542 F-18 Extremely Hornet jets can fly at the moment and only 31 percent are completely mission capable and ready to “ battle tonight. ”

This is a developing tale; please check back for updates.

Fox News’ Kelly Chernenkoff as well as the Associated Press contributed to this record.

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