Blue Angel Pilot Crashes on Takeoff

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Plane 7 Used for reference, not the actual plane that crashed
Plane 7 Used for reference, not the actual plane that crashed

Smyrna, TN (NNS) — 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, Tennessee 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

The Navy will conduct an investigation into the cause of the crash.

For additional information or updates, contact the public affairs office at Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific, by calling 619-767-1623, or -1625.

For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

For more news from Commander, Naval Air Forces, visit www.navy.mil/local/airpac/.



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