Blue Angels pilot dies after crash in Tennessee

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TENNESSEE – A U.S. official says the pilot of a Blue Angels jet did not eject when the aircraft crashed in Tennessee and was killed.

The official spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

The Navy says the pilot was beginning to take off during an afternoon practice session when the crash happened. The pilot is not being identified until next of kin are notified. Five other F/A-18 jets landed safely moments later.

The Navy says it is investigating.

This is the second fighter jet crash of the day for the military’s elite fighter jet performance teams. A member of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds crashed in Colorado following a flyover for the Air Force Academy graduation where President Barack Obama spoke. That pilot ejected safely into a field.