Navy Blue Angels fighter jet crashes near Nashville, killing pilot

A Blue Angels F/A-18 crashed Thursday near Nashville, Tennessee, while taking off for a practice session ahead of a weekend air show.

The Blue Angels Pilot Captain Jeff Kuss has died in this crash.

His body was transported via police escort through Smyrna and is scheduled to be loaded onto "Fat Albert", a United States Marine Corps Lockheed C-130T Hercules the Blue Angels use for logistics, for his journey home.

No other Blue Angels pilots or planes were involved. He has accumulated more than 1,400 flight hours and 175 carrier-arrested landings. He was a native of Durango and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marines in 2006.

"They dazzle you with their speed and precision and they make it look easy, but take it from me", said WTNH morning anchor Laura Hutchinson, who flew with Kuss when she was with WWLP.

"We seen a Blue Angel come down real low behind the trees ... and then boom", McGriff told reporters.

"I think this year we'll do 12 shows with the Blue Angels", Sgt. Billie added. "I felt saddened for his team, and the pain they must have gone through losing their fellow flyer".

The cause of the crash is unknown, the Thunderbirds said on Twitter.

The family is trying to decide where they may want to bury him: in his hometown of Durango, Colorado or in Arlington National Cemetery.



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