Although a commander of the Navy confirmed that both managed to eject from the apparatus before it fell into the sea, they were found dead in waters near the Floridian Cay.
The US Navy reported that the two pilots of the F-18 fighter plane that crashed on Wednesday afternoon off the coast of Key West were found dead despite being ejected seconds before the plane fell into the sea. .
“We are sad to have to report that both pilots died,” said the public relations officer of the Atlantic Air Force in the Atlantic, commander Dave Hecht.
The Associated Press news agency reported that the Navy had launched a rapid search operation to locate the two pilots, who were part of the contingent of the Naval Station of the Oceana Air Force, in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
One witness told the local news channel FL Keys News that he saw fire on the aircraft before it rushed to the sea. “I saw the fire and then it fell,” said Barbie Wilson.
The speaker of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Adam Linhardt said the accident occurred at 04:30 pm this Wednesday.
The names of both aviators have not yet been revealed and the specific causes of his death are still unknown.
“Rescue teams recovered the two bodies of the water pilots and were taken by ambulance to the Lower Keys Medical Center,” a statement from the Naval Air Force had said via Twitter. “The jet was on a training flight” and that the cause of the accident is still under investigation.
President Donald Trump expressed his condolences on his Twitter account by saying: “Please join me with your thoughts and prayers for both aviators, their families and our incredible Air Force.”
Source: Univision Noticias