The U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform a maneuver during a previous air show. During a visit for the Great Tennessee Air Show June 4-5, the will visit MTSU from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 3, in the Business and Aerospace Building’s State Farm Lecture Hall. (File photo by U.S. Navy’s Daniel Barker) 120930-N-RI884-357 KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (Sept. 30, 2012) F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter aircraft assigned to the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, perform acrobatics during the 2012 Kaneohe Bay Airshow. The show at Marine Corps Base Hawaii celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Marine Corps Aviation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker/Released)

UPDATE: The Blue Angels will not be participating in the Great Tennessee Air Show this weekend. The status of the show as a whole is still not known.

Here are the highlights from the Blue Angels crash press conference held at approximately 5:00 p.m. in Smyrna:

  • It is confirmed the pilot is dead.
  • The Department of Navy has joined with FAA in the investigation.
  • The plane crashed 2 miles from the runway.
  • Accident was behind The Sam Davis Home.
  •  The Sam Davis Home will remained closed tomorrow, Friday, June 3rd. We will post updates about weekend opening/closing as soon as they are available. Thank you for your understanding.(Sam Davis Home Facebook)
  • No decision on this weekend’s show.
  • There were no other injuries and power was knocked out to some. Sam Davis Home is still without power.
  • At this time there are no details being released as to possible causes of the wreck.
  • The pilot’s name is being withheld until next of kin are notified.
  • Military officials have not announced a press conference.
  • Roads will be closed around the crash site. Sam Davis will remain closed until further notice. Smyrna officials remain in a support situation to the Navy and FAA. Any other closed roads including Sam Ridley and Nissan will be opened soon.
  • A No Fly Zone has been put at a 2 mile radius around the crash site.

We will keep you updated as we receive information.


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