One person was killed after a U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet crashed Thursday afternoon in Smyrna ahead of their weekend air show at the city’s airport.
A La Vergne official confirmed the accident happened around 3 p.m. near Weakly Lane, not far from the bowling alley.
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At least one person was killed. The victim’s identity has not been released at this time.
Further details weren’t immediately known.
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An F-16 fighter jet of the Air Force Thunderbirds flying team crashed south of Colorado Springs minutes after wrapping up an air show over the Air Force Academy graduation Thursday.
The plane crashed in a field across from the First Baptist Church in the Security/Widefield area, 7925 Fontaine Blvd. Police say the plane is leaking fuel and they are pushing everyone back from the area. Nearby roads have been closed. A reverse 911 call has been sent out to area residents to keep people indoors.
The pilot, Maj. Alex Turner, met with the President Barack Obama before the president flew out of Peterson Air Force Base about 2:10 p.m. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the president “thanked the pilot for his service to the country and expressed his relief that the pilot was not seriously injured. The president also thanked the first responders who “acted quickly to tend to the pilot.”