A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet jet crashed off the coast of Key West, Florida, on Wednesday, an official told Fox News.
Two pilots ejected from the aicraft at around 4.30pm local time and a rescue effort is now under way, according to the US Navy.
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A blaze engulfed the jet before it crashed around a mile away from the runway, a witness told Local 10 News. Hecht said the officers were rescued from the water and taken to Lower Keys Medical Center for treatment.
Photos posted on Twitter show a rescue helicopter hovering over the F-18.
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"I saw the fire and then it just dropped", the witness, Barbie Wilson, said. The squadron was completing a detachment to Naval Air Station Key West.
ABC News reported that a spokesperson said one pilot ejected but it was "unclear whether the pilot was over land or water".
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The Naval Air Station Key West, established in 1940, is frequently used as a training facility for air-to-air combat fighter aircraft for all military branches.