Blue Angel F/A-18 Crashes During Air Show Practice

  • Jun 2, 2016 4:37pm GMT

The Navy has announced the Blue Angels will not be flying at this weekend's Great Tennessee Air Show in Smyrna, Tennesse after Thursday's tragic crash.

Below is the Navy's offical press release regarding the accident but the Associated Press reported Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss,#6, did not survive the crash.

Smyrna, TN - A U.S. Navy F/A-18 aircraft assigned to the Navy’s Flight Demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, crashed today during the beginning stages of an afternoon practice at the Smyrna, Tenn., Airport, at approximately 3:01 p.m., CDT.

The pilot of the jet was taking off to start the afternoon practice when the mishap occurred.

The name of the pilot is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification requirements.

The other five Blue Angel jets were not involved in the incident and landed safely moments later.

The crash occurred approximately two miles from the runway