Pilot Dead After Blue Angel Jet Crashes in Tennessee

The plane went down shortly after takeoff, and there's at least one confirmed fatality.

A fatality has been confirmed at scene of crash

— Eric Egan (@EricEganTV)

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A Navy Blue Angel jet crashed Thursday afternoon shortly after takeoff in Tennessee, killing the pilot. The plane was part of a practice session for the Navy's elite flight unit taking place outside of Smyrna, Tennessee. ABC News obtained video footage of the crash:

Video captures crash of U.S. Navy Blue Angel F/A-18 during airshow training exercise in TN.

— ABC News (@ABC)

According to witnesses speaking to local news channel , the plane was making turn at low altitude when it crashed, narrowly avoiding hitting several buildings. This is the 27th fatality in the history of the Blue Angels, which have been flying since 1946. The last fatal crash for the Blue Angels was in 2007. 

Strangely, the crash takes place the same day that a Thunderbird pilot crashed during a flyover in Colorado. That pilot in that incident safely ejected.

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