Pilot identified in deadly U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet crash in Tennessee

SMYRNA, Tenn. (WKRN) — A pilot 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.

The F/A-18 aircraft crashed at 3 p.m. behind the Sam Davis Home, about 2 miles from the runway, while practicing for the demonstration. Authorities arrived within minutes.

The U.S. Navy confirmed the pilot died in the crash. While military officials have not identified the pilot, the Associated Press said it is Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss.

KussAccording to the Blue Angels, Capt. Kuss is a native of Durango, Colorado. He joined the Blue Angels in September 2014 and has accumulated more than 1,400 flight hours 175 carrier-arrested landings.

His decorations include the Strike Flight Air Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various personal and unit awards.

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The other five Blue Angel jets were not involved in the incident and landed safely moments later.

The investigation will be led by the Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. military.

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