BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Navy fighter with crew of two crashes near Key West, Florida

Now Reading:

Navy fighter with crew of two crashes near Key West, Florida

© Copyright :
Barbie Wilson
Text size Aa Aa

The two-person crew of a Navy fighter jet ejected before the plane crashed off the coast of Key West, Florida, on Wednesday, the Navy told NBC News.

There was no immediate word on the conditions of the crew aboard the F/A-18F Super Hornet, which was attached to Strike Fighter Squadron 213 at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

A helicopter circles near the area of a downed Navy fighter jet near Key West, Florida, on Wednesday.
A helicopter circles near the area of a downed Navy fighter jet near Key West, Florida, on Wednesday. Barbie Wilson

Navy officials told NBC affiliate WAVY of Virginia Beach that the jet was headed to Boca Chica Field at Naval Air Station Key West. They said that the crew, the pilot and a weapons systems specialist, were taken to a nearby hospital but that they had no further information.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office told NBC Miami that it dispatched units but that the Navy said it had the situation under control and didn't need assistance.

Key West, part of the Florida Keys archipelago, is the southernmost point in the state, about 90 miles north of Cuba.

NAS Oceana is one of only three Navy master jet bases, which are home to carrier-based tactical jet squadrons and carrier air wings.