UPDATE: One Dead in Blue Angels Crash
One person has been reported dead after a U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet crashed following takeoff during a practice flight around 3 p.m. Thursday, according to a county fire dispatcher.
Larry Farley, Rutherford County fire chief, said his dispatcher were told one person was killed. A U.S. Navy spokesman confirmed about 3:30 p.m. that a Blue Angel jet was involved in an incident.
A fireball and thick black plume of smoke from the crash could be seen just beyond the runway at Smyrna Airport and from Interstate 24.
The identity of the pilot or injury information was not immediately available. All other Blue Angels aircraft have landed and are on the ground.
Chief Rick McCormick of the La Vergne Fire Department confirmed a US Navy Blue Angels jet crashedat Smyrna Airport, according to WKRN.
The Blue Angels are set to perform at the airport this weekend, June 4 and 5, at The Great Tennessee Airshow.
The crash comes short time after another jet falls in Colorado.