U.S. Navy jet is seen after it crashed near Naval Air Station Key West off the coast the Florida Keys, in this picture taken from social media,
The crash took place during a training mission on Wednesday afternoon, US Navy Commander Mike Kafka told media. Photos on social media showed a rescue helicopter hovering over the supposed site of the crash off Key West.
Holy crap, just saw a navy jet crash and explode
A witness told Local 10 News that the jet caught fire before going down roughly a mile from the runway.
Two people were on board the aircraft and both managed to parachute, Commander Dave Hecht, a spokesman for Naval Air Station Key West, told the station. The servicemen are reportedly members of Strike Fighter Squadron 213 (VFA-213) Blacklions, an aviation unit based at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach.
The Navy announced on Wednesday that both officers sadly had died