Officials: 2 aboard Navy jet die after crash in Key West

FILE - In this March 3, 2017 file photo, a row of F18 fighter jets are shown on the deck of the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) off the disputed South China Sea. Navy officials say a fighter jet has crashed off the coast of Key West, Florida, and rescue efforts are underway. The officials say the F/A-18 Hornet’s two crew members ejected and are based out of Naval Air Station Oceana, in Virginia Beach, Va. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

KEY WEST, Fla. (WAVY) — Two Naval Air Station Oceana-based aviators have died after their F/A-18F jet crashed Wednesday afternoon during a training flight in Key West, according to Navy officials.

The two crew members were in an F/A-18F Super Hornet that was on its final approach to Boca Chica Field at Naval Air Station Key West at the time of the crash around 4:30 p.m.

Officials say both the pilot and the weapons systems officer ejected from the jet and landed in the water.

The two were recovered approximately a mile east of the runway and taken to the hospital, where they later died. The crew members were part of the Strike Fighter Squadron 213 (VFA-213) Blacklions, which is currently serving on the carrier George H.W. Bush.

A witness told Miami’s ABC affiliate the jet exploded in the air and crashed.

Navy officials have released few details at the moment. They called the incident a “mishap” and say the investigation into the crash remains ongoing.