Navy F/A-18F aviators declared deceased after Key West crash
KEY WEST, Fla. (WEAR) —
The Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL) has announced that the two aviators who were recovered from an F/A-18F crash near Key West, Florida, have died.
According to a CNAL press release, both the pilot and weapons systems officer who were recovered from the water were taken by ambulance to Lower Keys Medical Center.
Both aviators have been declared deceased, according to the press release.
Per Department of Defense policy, the names of the aviators are being withheld until 24 hours after next-of-kin notification.
Search and rescue crews were notified shortly after the crash and recovered both aviators approximately one mile east of the runway, according to the CNAL press release.
The release stated that the F/A-18F is a dual-seated aircraft assigned to the “Black Lions” of Strike Fighter Squadron Two One Three(VFA-213), based at Naval Air Station Oceana and was conducting a training flight.
The cause of the mishap is currently under investigation.