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,

An A/F-18F fighter jet crashed near Key West, Florida. The two crew members ejected from the aircraft and were taken to a nearby hospital. Both were later declared deceased, the Navy reported on Twitter.

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.

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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

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