2 killed in Navy jet crash off Florida coast

KEY WEST, Fla. — A pilot and weapons system officer were killed when their Navy jet crashed off the coast of the Florida Keys during a  training exercise Wednesday, according to officials.

The F/A-18 Super Hornet was part of Strike Fighter Squadron 213, the “Blacklions,” based out of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia, according to WTKR.

The crash happened at 2:30 p.m. MDT in shallow waters after the aircraft caught fire and went down one mile off the runway from the naval station in Key West.

The pilot and a weapons system officer managed to eject and deploy their parachutes, according to WPLG.

According to a Navy official, both crew members were rescued and taken to the Lower Keys Medical Center. They were later pronounced dead.

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