1 killed after U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet crashes in Tennessee

A La Vergne official confirmed the accident happened around 3 p.m. near Weakly Lane


SMYRNA, Tenn. (WKRN/AP) – An official in Tennessee says a pilot was killed when his Blue Angels fighter jet crashed, but no civilians were hurt on the ground.

A U.S. official says the pilot was identified as Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Captain Jeff Kuss was killed after a Blue Angels plane crashed in Tennessee.
Capt. Jeff Kuss (Courtesy: KRON)

Harry Gill, the town manager in Smyrna, just outside Nashville, said Thursday that the pilot was the only casualty. Some power outages were caused by the crash, but no civilians were hurt.

A La Vergne official confirmed the crash happened about 3 p.m. near Weakly Lane, not far from the bowling alley.

A U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet crashed Thursday afternoon in Smyrna ahead of their weekend air show at the city’s airport.
Courtesy: Matt Bennett

The Navy says the pilot was beginning to take off during an afternoon practice session when the crash happened. Five other F/A-18 jets landed safely moments later.


The elite acrobatics team was scheduled to perform at an air show this weekend, but that show has since been canceled.

Hunter Hayes was set to fly with the Blue Angels on Friday. His publicist told News 2 the crash happened right in front of them, but he was not injured.

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