- US Navy
A US Blue Angels jet has crashed in Smyrna, Tennessee.
At least one person has been killed in the crash, local station WSMV reports, citing the Rutherford County Emergency Medical Service.
But the status of the pilot and the cause of the crash are not currently known. WKRN reports that helicopters from Vanderbilt University Medical Center were called to the scene.
According to local ABC affiliate WKRN, citing the fire chief of the neighboring town of La Vergne, the crash took place around 3 p.m. local time. The Blue Angels were scheduled to perform in Tennessee this weekend.
The jet crashed soon after takeoff during a practice flight. Following the crash, all other Blue Angels jets have been safely grounded, The Tennessean reports.
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The Blue Angels are the US Navy’s flight-demonstration team. Aviators in the Blue Angels come from the Navy and the US Marines and fly F/A-18 Hornets.
The crash of a Blue Angel comes on the same day that a US Air Force Thunderbird also crashed after completing a flyover at the Air Force Academy commencement.