U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet crashes in Tennessee

UPDATE: The Associated Press reports a U.S. official has named the pilot who died when the Blue Angels F/A-18 jet he was flying crashed in Smyrna. Tennessee, Thursday. 

The official, who the AP did not name because the official was "not authorized to discuss the matter publicly,"  identified the pilot as Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss.

UPDATE:  The U.S. Navy says the pilot of a Blue Angels F/A-18 jet died Thursday. The Navy says the plane crashed during the beginning stages of an afternoon practice at the Smyrna, Tennessee Airport, around 3:01 p.m.

In a news release sent Thursday afternoon, the Navy says the pilot was taking off to start the afternoon practice when crash happened about two miles from the runway.  Five other Blue Angel jets were not involved in the crash, and the Navy says they landed safely moments later.

The crash occurred approximately two miles from the runway

The Navy says it is withholding the name of the pilot until next of kin are notified.

UPDATE: WSMV-TV in Nashville reports that one person was killed in the crash of a Blue Angels jet in Tennessee Thursday afternoon. 

The station reports the Rutherford County Emergency Medical Service says one person was killed, but the victim has not been identified. It is unclear if the person killed was the pilot.

A U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet crashed near an airport in Middle Tennessee Thursday, according to WSMV-TV in Nashville. 

The TV station reports airport authority confirms the plane crashed near the Smyrna-Rutherford County Airport. 

The Associated Press reports there are no details yet about whether the pilot of the Blue Angels F/A-18 fighter jet was injured in the crash. The team is scheduled to perform at an air show this weekend, and the Blue Angels were practicing for the show. 

The crash follows the crash of a US Air Force Thunderbirds jet in Colorado that happened about an hour earlier.

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