Caleb King Former Naval Academy football player and Lt. Cmdr. Brice Johnson are the two aviator killed in f18 fighter jet crash

 Caleb King Former Naval Academy football player killed in fighter jet crash

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Caleb King Former Naval Academy football player and Lt. Cmdr. Brice Johnson are the two aviator who died on Wednesday when their  fighter jet dual-seated F/A-18 Super Hornet crashed in shallow waters near Key West, Fla., during a training flight

U.S. Naval Air Forces said f18 fighter jet was  making its  final approach toward Naval Air Station Key West at about 4:30 p.m. when their jet went down about a mile from the runway. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

“Our hearts and deepest condolences go out to the entire King family,” Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo said in a release. “We lost a dear brother and warrior. The entire Navy Football Brotherhood mourns the passing of a great American. We love you Caleb!”

King, 30, made six starts and saw action in 38 games as a 6-foot, 223-pound inside linebacker for the Midshipmen from 2009-11, and he was also a key contributor on special teams.

Navy went 4-0 against Army during the Port Orange, Fla., native’s four years in Annapolis.

King and Johnson were assigned to the Blacklions of Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-213.

According to the Sentinel, King’s nickname within the squadron was Juggernaut “because he needed to be measured to make sure he’d fit in the cockpit.”

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