It wasn't clear early Wednesday evening what caused the crash.
A witness told Local 10 News that the jet caught fire before going down roughly a mile from the runway.
The Super Hornet was based out of Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Va. He added, however, that "pilots are going to be flying more and training is going to pick up".
The pilot of the F/A-18F Super Hornet has been identified as Lt. Commander James Brice Johnson. She said she didn't see the crew eject from the airplane. - A Navy jet crashed in Key West on Wednesday afternoon, multiple media outlets are reporting.
"We need to ensure we are providing our service members the resources they need to maintain the highest readiness levels - from equipment to proficiency". The two crew members ejected from the aircraft and were taken to a nearby hospital.
"I can confirm we have an F/A-18 down", Hecht confirmed.
Tragically it has since been confirmed the two inside the aircraft died. The other two fatalities were in 2011. He was one of two people killed in the accident.
Investigators say Morgan Roof also posted a Snapchat about the National School Walkout day protest against gun violence that alarmed fellow students, but no charges were filed for that message.
A spokesperson for the Naval Safety Center, the AP said, couldn't explain why the increase in accidents in 2017.