Jet truck driver dies in Michigan air show crash

BATTLE CREEK, Michigan (WOOD) — Shockwave Jet Truck’s Chris Darnell died in a crash at an air show in Battle Creek, Michigan Saturday afternoon.

It happened around 1:10 p.m. at Battle Creek Executive Airport during the Shockwave Jet Truck pyrotechnic show, according to the Battle Creek Police Department.

The truck overturned from the runway and caught fire while accelerating the two planes.

Several witnesses told News 8 there was an explosion and they saw fire coming from the truck.

The air show was canceled for the remainder of the day while emergency crews responded to the scene. Everything is set to return to normal on Sunday.

Family, friends and the air show community mourn the death of Chris Darnell Sunday.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend, mentor and airshow partner Chris Darnell, from Shockwave Jet Truck,” the US Navy Blue Angels said in a statement.

The Blue Angels also said it was an honor to appear alongside Darnell.

“Our hearts are with the family, friends, team and airshow community,” the statement concluded.

The Shockwave Jet Truck and Flash Fire Jet Truck also released statements about the crash.

“The accident occurred due to a mechanical failure of the Jet Truck. Unfortunately Chris Darnell, the driver and my youngest son died from his injuries,” read a statement signed by Neal Darnell.

The statement concluded by saying how much he was loved by everyone and that he loved the Air Show business so much that he was “living a dream”.

Leave a Comment