Former Navy football player Caleb King was killed Wednesday in a fighter jet crash off the coast of Key West, Florida.
The U.S. Naval Air Forces reported late Wednesday night that Caleb King, a 2012 graduate of the Naval Academy, had been killed in a fighter jet crash off the coast of Key West, Florida. King played football for the school from 2009-2011. He was one of two people killed in the accident.
King played linebacker at Navy, appearing in 38 games. According to the Capital Gazette, he started four games during the 2010 season.
Navy officials said the aircraft was on a routine training mission when the mishap occurred, but would not go into further details because a preliminary investigation was still in its early stages.
One witness who lives along the aircraft’s approach path told Military.com the fighter jet may have exploded in midair. Barbie Wilson had stopped to watch the F/A-18 flying overhead when she saw what she called a “massive malfunction” in midair.
The U.S. Naval Air Forces Twitter account confirmed the news.
UPDATE: We are sad to report that both aviators have been declared deceased. Their families are in our prayers. Per policy, we will withhold notification pending NOK notification.
— flynavy (@flynavy) March 15, 2018
President Trump offered his condolences on social media as well.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with King’s family and friends.