It has been confirmed that one is dead in the Smyrna, Tenn. U.S. Navy Blue Angels practice for the air show that is to take place this weekend. It is reported by News 2 WKRN, that the crash happened today June 2, 2016, at around 3 p.m. EDT, this afternoon, in La Vergne, Tenn. near Weakly Lane.
A witness told News Channel 5 the following statement:
All of a sudden one of the planes flew by very close, then took a nose toward the ground.
The victim’s identity has not been released at this time. Furthermore, it is unclear if the Navy Blue Angels flight in the airshow this weekend on June 4 and 5 will be affected by the crash.
Hunter Hayes, who is a pilot with the Navy Blue Angels was set to fly with this Friday, and his publicist told News 2 WKRN, that the crash happened right in front of him.
The airshow is one that is 70 years in the making, with their first appearance in skies over Tennessee on May 10, 1946. The airshow has seen more than their fair share of tragic deaths in practices alone, with a total of 26 Blue Angel Pilots killed in training exercises.
The Public Slate will provide updates as they become available.
By Tracy Blake
Edited by Cathy Milne
News Channel 5: 1 Killed In Blue Angels Plane Crash In Smyrna
News 2: 1 killed after U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet crashes in Smyrna
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