Two naval aviators die during Super Hornet training flight

A U.S. Navy F  A-18 Hornet jet crashed off the coast of Key West Florida on Wednesday an official told Fox News

Wilson said her husband later told her he had heard two loud booms from their house nearby.

A marina owner in the Florida Keys told WPLG that the Hornet jet caught fire mid-air, then crashed. The crew members, from Strike Fighter Squadron 211 at Oceana Naval Air Station of Virginia Beach, Virginia, survived after being rescued.

Images of the F/A-18F after the crash clearly show the landing gear and hook extended, only about a mile from the runway that could have saved the men's lives.




"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and squadron mates of these two aviators", Rear Adm. Roy J. Kelley, commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, said in the news release.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has often stated that more service members now are being killed in training than on the battlefield. King, the weapons systems operator, was a 2012 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.

VFC-111 F-5s, a VFC-12 Hornet, and a pair of fleet Hornets prepare to depart on a air combat training mission over the Gulf of Mexico. They resulted in four deaths - including the two Wednesday - and the loss of 11 aircraft. They died after the F/A-18F Super Hornet they were in descended before landing on Wednesday. The other two fatalities were in 2011. The Navy said it was investigating. She said she didn't see the crew eject from the airplane.

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