Two U.S. military planes crash in separate incidents in Tennessee, Colorado
Smyrna, TN — A Blue Angels airplane has crashed at or near the Smyrna-Rutherford County Airport, airport authority confirmed.
According to Rutherford County Emergency Medical Service, one person was killed in the crash.
The victim has not been identified. It is unclear if it was the pilot.
In a news release from the town of Smyrna, officials said the crash happened at approximately 3 p.m. during afternoon maneuver sessions for the Great Tennessee Airshow.
A news conference will be held at 5 p.m. with more details on the crash.
The Blue Angels had been practicing on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s airshow in Smyrna. They flew over downtown Nashville on Thursday morning.
Sgt. Bobby Gibson with the Smyrna Police Department said emergency crews are busy working at the scene of the crash.
Colorado incident – pilot ejects, survives
In an incredible coincidence, earlier in the afternoon one of the Air Force Thunderbirds crashed after performing over the graduation ceremony at the Air Force Academy with President Barack Obama in attendance. That pilot ejected safely and there were no ground injuries. The plane crashed in a field about 15 miles south of Colorado Springs, CO.
President Obama later met with the pilot when he visited the Air Force base.