The Air Force Academy confirmed Friday one of the two naval aviators killed in the fighter jet crash off Key West was AFA graduate.
Lt. Cmdr. James Brice Johnson was a 2007 graduate of the AFA and one of the aviators from squadron VFA-213 killed in a training mission Wednesday when his F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed.
According to Stars and Stripes, Lt. Cmdr. James Brice Johnson and Lt. Caleb Nathaniel King were both assigned to the “Blacklions” of Strike Fighter Squadron 213 at Naval Air Station Oceana — died after the aircraft went down on final approach to Naval Air Station Key West.
CNN reports, rescue crews recovered both aviators from the water, the Navy said in a tweet. They were taken by ambulance to Lower Keys Medical Center.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, according to the tweet.
President Donald Trump tweeted early Thursday morning, "please join me with your thoughts and prayers for both aviators, their families and our incredible US Navy."
It is with heavy heart that we learned of the loss of Lt. Cmdr. James Brice Johnson, @AF_Academy Class of 2007, who was one of the aviators from squadron VFA-213 killed in a training mission Wednesday when his F/A-18F Super Hornet crashed near Naval Air Base Key West. pic.twitter.com/XlUQzEU47X— USAFA (Official) (@AF_Academy) March 16, 2018