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US Navy jet goes down near Naval Air Station Key West

US Navy jet goes down near Naval Air Station Key West

- A Navy jet has crashed near Naval Air Station Key West off the coast the Florida Keys, the US Navy said.

The F/A-18 Hornet's two crew members ejected and rescue operations are underway, The Associated Press reported.

President Trump during a roundtable at Boeing on Wednesday called the F/A-18 a work of "art", and said that he's working with Congress to fund 24 new jets.

Officials said the crew is based out of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He said search and rescue efforts are ongoing.

Pictures posted to social media show a military helicopter hovering over the apparent crash site.

At around 4:30 p.m., one pilot ejected from the jet, according to Adam Linhardt, Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokesman. I live in the neighborhood and so one was flying over. The squadron was completing a detachment to Naval Air Station Key West.

The jet was part of Virginia-based Strike Fighter Squadron 213.