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Airmen plucked from sea after Navy jet crashes near carrier

Lt. Cmdr. Josh Hammond / U.S. Navy via Reuters

Two F/A-18 Super Hornets, like the one that crashed Monday, are shown flying above the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in October 2012.

A U.S. Navy fighter jet crashed into the northern Arabian Sea on Monday when an engine failed, but both crew members safely ejected, the military said.

The F-18 Super Hornet was flying near the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier when it lost power, the Navy said. 

The unnamed airmen, members of Strike Fighter Squadron 103, based in Virginia Beach, Va., bailed out in time to come down safely in the water.

Helicopter based search-and-rescue swimmers were able to pull the airmen from the water and bring them safely back aboard the ship, the Navy said.

An investigation into the engine failure and crash is under way, officials said.

The Eisenhower, part of the 5th Fleet and based in Norfolk Va., is on duty to provide maritime security in the Middle East, the Navy said.

The air unit, whose planes carry a skull and crossbones logo on their tails, is better known by some as the Jolly Rogers.

NBC News' Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube contributed to this report.

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