Crew dead after Navy jet crashes in Key West

FILE - In this March 3, 2017 file photo, a row of F18 fighter jets are shown on the deck of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) off the disputed South China Sea. Navy officials say a fighter jet has crashed off the coast of Key West, Florida, and rescue efforts are underway. The officials say the F/A-18 Hornet’s two crew members ejected and are based out of Naval Air Station Oceana, in Virginia Beach, Va. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

KEY WEST, FL (WFLA) – Two aviators died after an F-18 Super Hornet fighter jet crashed off Key West on Wednesday.

According to WTVJ, U.S. Naval Air Force Atlantic Cmdr. Dave Hecht said both aviators passed away in a statement released late Wednesday.

The jet crashed as it was on its final approach to a base around 4:30 p.m., according to WTVJ.

The F-18 Hornet fighter jet was part of the Virginia-based Strike Fighter Squadron 213.

The names of the deceased and the circumstances of their deaths have not been released. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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