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UPDATE: ABC News is reporting the unnamed pilot of the F/A-18 Hornet was not able to eject and was killed in the crash.

UPDATE 2: Marine Corps Times is reporting via the Associated Press that USMC Capt. Jeff Kuss was killed in a crash while piloting Blue Angel Number Six. Our thoughts are with Capt. Kuss' family.

Barely an hour after a US Air Force Thunderbird crashed in a field following a commencement flyover at the Air Force Academy, a US Navy Blue Angel crashed during a practice flight in Tennessee. There's no sign the two crashes are related.

Navy Times is reporting flames and thick black smoke from the site of the crash at Smyrna Airport, meaning the F/A-18 Hornet is probably not in as good a shape as the downed F-16 in Colorado. While the Navy hasn't released any information on the pilot, Foxtrot Alpha is reporting one person is dead. The incident occurred around 3:00 p.m. today. The remaining six Blue Angels safely landed at Smyrna.

According to Navy Times, the Blues flew over Nashville, likely in preparation for this weekend's Great Tennessee Air Show. The precision flight unit is listed on the show's website as a main attraction.



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