2 Navy aviators die after fighter crashes near Key West

PHOTO: Military jet crashes near Naval Air Station Key West, March 14, 2018.PlayBarbie Wilson Photography
WATCH 2 Navy aviators die in crash after ejecting from fighter jet near Key West

Two U.S. Navy aviators have died after their F/A-18 fighter jet crashed off Key West, Florida, during a training flight.

The two-seater F/A-18F was on approach to Boca Chica Field at Naval Air Station Key West when it went down in shallow water about a mile from the runway, a Navy spokesman said.

"The mishap occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. EDT," Cmdr. Dave Hecht, a spokesman for Naval Air Forces Atlantic, said earlier today. "Search and rescue were alerted at 4:37 p.m. and were on the scene by 4:40 p.m."

PHOTO: This photo obtained by ABC News shows a Navy SH-60 conducting search and rescue operations for a F/A-18 jet after it crashed off the coast of Key West, Fla., on March 14, 2018.Barbie Wilson
This photo obtained by ABC News shows a Navy SH-60 conducting search and rescue operations for a F/A-18 jet after it crashed off the coast of Key West, Fla., on March 14, 2018.

"Search and rescue efforts recovered the pilot and the weapons system officer who were aboard the aircraft," said Hecht.

"They were brought to Boca Chica and taken by ambulance to Lower Keys Medical Center in Key West," he added.

PHOTO: This photo obtained by ABC News shows the wreckage of a Navy F/A-18 jet after it crashed off the coast of Key West, Fla., on March 14, 2018.Barbie Wilson
This photo obtained by ABC News shows the wreckage of a Navy F/A-18 jet after it crashed off the coast of Key West, Fla., on March 14, 2018.

The crash was first reported by eyewitnesses who described a helicopter hovering above a jet lying in the waters off of Key West.

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