A Navy jet has just crashed off the coast near Key West, Florida. According to reports, an F-18 fighter jet went down on Wednesday afternoon.
The jet belonged to the VFA-213 fighter squadron. The squadron is based out of Oceana, Virginia. Tragically, the two pilots in the jet were both killed in the crash.
According to CNN, "Rescue crews recovered both aviators from the water. They were taken by ambulance to Lower Keys Medical Center."
The cause of the crash is under investigation and the names of the aviators have not yet been released.
"It was going in to land, and all of a sudden, the whole thing flipped sideways and I saw a fireball," witness Barbie Wilson told CBS News. "Then the plane just dropped out of the sky."
The two pilots ejected from the jet before landing in the water. The Naval air station at key west is a unique military base with it being the southernmost base in the country.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims loved ones. We pray for God's peace and comfort during this tragic time. In other recent news, Ford has just issued a major recall on some of their popular vehicles.