Blue Angel Jet Crashes at Beaufort Air Show

Story Number: NNS070421-12Release Date: 4/21/2007 7:51:00 PM
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From Navy Office of Information

BEAUFORT, S.C. (NNS) -- An F/A-18A Hornet assigned to the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels) crashed during the final minutes of an air show at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., at approximately 4 p.m. EDT, April 21.

The pilot did not survive.

The pilot of the jet was joining the Delta formation for the final maneuver of the aerial demonstration when the mishap occurred. It was his second year on the team, and first year as a demonstration pilot.

The other five Blue Angel jets were not involved in the incident and landed safely moments later.

The crash occurred approximately three miles outside the air station in the vicinity of Pine Grove Rd. and White Pine Rd. Some houses in the area received damage, the extent of which is unclear at this time. Civilian injuries are being reported by local authorities.

The name of the pilot is being withheld pending the notification of the next-of-kin.

The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

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The Blue Angels fly together in a diamond formation during one of their many maneuvers performed during a recent air show.
Official U.S. Navy file photo of U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, Blue Angels. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Omar A. Dominquez (RELEASED)
March 14, 2007
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