Navy F-18 fighter jet crashes in Florida, 2 pilots missing

Adjust Comment Print

The F-18, a twin-engine supersonic aicraft used by the US Navy, came down in waters near Naval Air Station Key West in Florida on the US east coast.

ABC News reported that a spokesperson said one pilot ejected but it was "unclear whether the pilot was over land or water".

After the two were rescued, they were taken to a Florida hospital for treatment.

"I can confirm we have an F/A-18 down", Commander Dave Hecht told local media, confirming both pilots managed to eject.

More news: 'Diddy', Curry among prospective Carolina Panthers owners
More news: Bayern reach Champions League quarter-finals for seventh year in row
More news: Numsa's interdict a bid to sabotage renewable energy, says Greepeace Africa

Hecht did not describe the extent of their injuries.

Barbie Wilson, a local marina owner, witnessed the crash and called 911.

She said she didn't see the plane hit the water, but observed the crash site in shallow water offshore. I live in the neighborhood and so one was flying over.

"Literally, the wings went vertical, and there was a fireball, and it just literally dropped out of the sky", Wilson said. "It was like something out of a movie".

Comments