A Navy F-14 Tomcat crashed Friday in the Arizona desert, killing a military pilot and a flight officer on a training mission from San Diego to New Orleans, officials said.

The $35 million fighter jet went down at 3 p.m. about 6 miles west of Arizona City, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Bob Pritchard said.Both the pilot, Lt. Thomas L. Gibson, 27, of Atlanta and the jet's radar intercept officer, Lt. Richard E. Dempsey Jr., 29, of Clearwater, Fla., were killed in the crash, Pritchard said.