Two killed as Navy fighter jet crashes near Key West, Florida

Aaron Brown
March 18, 2018

Johnson was piloting the Super Hornet at the time of the incident, while King was serving as weapons systems operator, the Navy said.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Navy officials have released few details at the moment.

The aircraft crew is based out of Naval Air Station Oceana, in Virginia Beach, Va.

The plane will remain in the water where it crashed until the investigation is completed. Dave Hecht, spokesman for Naval Forces Atlantic, said in a statement. The Navy described the base as having "perfect flying weather year round and unparalleled aerial ranges that offer aircrew training within minutes after takeoff".

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Navy officials say a fighter jet has crashed off the coast of Key West, Florida, and rescue efforts are underway.

The U.S. Navy is withholding their names until their families are notified, it said in a statement on Wednesday evening.

They were training with Carrier Air Wing 8 when witnesses said a flash of fire surrounded the Super Hornet before it dropped.

Two naval aviators died yesterday during final approach to Boca Chica Field, FL, in an F/A-18F Super Hornet.

Tragically it has since been confirmed the two inside the aircraft died. She said she called 911 immediately but she didn't see anyone eject. The other two fatalities were in 2011. The incident is now under investigation. He was one of two people killed in the accident.

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