Navy Identifies Aviators Killed In Plane Crash Off Key West

The U.S. Navy has identified the two aviators who died in a plane crash off Key West's Naval Air Station.

Lt. Cmdr. James Johnson was the pilot and Lt. Caleb King was the weapons systems operator, officials confirmed on Thursday.

Both men died after the F/A-18F Super Hornet they were in descended before landing Wednesday.

Both were attached to Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 213 "Black Lions" based at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia.

"The entire Blacklion Family is grieving the loss of two great Americans," VFA-213’s Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Kevin Robb said in a statement. "Lt. Cmdr. Johnson and Lt. King were phenomenal young men, exceptional naval aviators and were living models of what honor, courage and commitment really mean."

They were training with Carrier Air Wing 8 when witnesses said a flash of fire surrounded the Super Hornet before it dropped. The Mishap Investigation Board was conducting an investigation.

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