The F/A-18F remains in the water where it crashed and will stay there until a Mishap Investigation Board (MIB) conducts its investigation. Caleb Nathaniel King, who served in the "Blacklions" of Strike Fighter Squadron Two One Three (VFA-213), the Naval Air Force Atlantic said in a news release Thursday.
A witness told Local 10 News that the jet caught fire before going down roughly a mile from the runway.
The meeting came two weeks after reaching a $3.9 billion informal agreement for two planes to serve as Air Force One that he had threatened to cancel due to their price tag.
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.
A U.S. Navy jet crashed off the coast of Key West, Fla.
Wilson said the Navy does training flights from the base "all the time". Initially, Hecht said a search-and-rescue effort for the aircrew was still ongoing around 6 p.m., but later he said the pilots were recovered within minutes and taken by ambulance to the medical center.
A Navy spokesperson also said in a statement that the names of the aviators are being withheld pending notifications of their families. Barbie Wilson had stopped to watch the F/A-18 flying overhead when she saw what she called a "massive malfunction" in midair.
Tragically it has since been confirmed the two inside the aircraft died.
The F-18 Hornet is a twin-engine supersonic, all-weather carrier-capable multirole combat jet that went into service in the 1980s.
All 25 were considered "Class A", which means a crew member died or the plane suffered at least $2 million in damage. One accident occurred in 2016. The Navy said it was investigating.