Navy Blue Angels jet crashes in Tennessee, 1 dead

Blue Angels crash - Courtesy: Matt Bennett

SMYRNA, Tenn. (WKRN) – At least one person was killed after a U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet crashed Thursday afternoon in Smyrna ahead of their weekend airshow at the city’s airport.

A La Vergne official confirmed the crash happened 3 p.m. near Weakly Lane, about 2.5 miles from the Nissan plant, while practicing for the demonstration.

News 2 spoke with a witness, Paula Payne. She said shorty before crash, the jet sounded louder than normal.

“I looked out the window and heard the planes maneuvering again. I looked out the window and saw one straight out here come down, hit the ground, and explode.”

(Courtesy: Douglas Dobbs)
(Courtesy: Douglas Dobbs)

At least one person was killed. The victim’s identity has not been released at this time.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the scene to help direct traffic in the area.

Around 1,300 people are currently without power after the jet reportedly clipped some power lines during the crash. Click here to view an outage map.

Further details weren’t immediately known.

Hunter Hayes was set to fly with the Blue Angels on Friday. His publicist told News 2 the crash happened right in front of them, but he was not injured.

Our own Samantha Fisher flew with the flight team on Wednesday ahead of their performance at the Great Tennessee Airshow on June 4 and 5. It’s unclear if the crash will affect the show.

Hours before, an Air Force Thunderbird crashed in Colorado after a commencement flyby. The president was in attendance giving a speech.

Blue Angels crash scene - WKRN
Blue Angels crash scene – WKRN

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