Blue Angel Jet Crashes In Tennessee; Pilot Dies, Air Force Thunderbird Crashes In Colorado

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ABOVE VIDEO: The pilot of a Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 that crashed Thursday in Smyrna, Tennessee, has died, town manager Harry Gill told reporters. There were no civilian injuries, he said.

(CNN) – The pilot of a Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 that crashed Thursday in Smyrna, Tennessee, has died, town manager Harry Gill told reporters. There were no civilian injuries, he said.

A U.S. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 jet and an Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 crashed Thursday in separate incidents in Tennessee and Colorado, officials said.

The Thunderbirds F-16 crashed south of Colorado Springs, Colorado, after it and other Thunderbirds flew over a U.S. Air Force Academy commencement ceremony attended by President Barack Obama.

Lt. Col. Christopher Hammond, commander of the Air Force’s Thunderbirds demonstration team, told reporters that the pilot, Maj. Alex Turner, experienced an unspecified problem as he was trying to land after the flyover and ejected.

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