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US Navy Blue Angels jet crashes in Tennessee

A U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet crashed Thursday in central Tennessee, a Navy official confirmed to Fox News.

The crash involving the F/A-18 Hornet happened after 3 p.m. southeast of Nashville in the town of Smyrna, a Rutherford County dispatcher told Fox 17.

Larry Farley, Rutherford County fire chief, told the Tennessean newspaper that dispatchers were told one person was killed, but it is unclear if it was the pilot or a bystander.

La Vergne, Tenn. Fire Chief Rick McCormick told Fox News that the jet crashed off airport property just after takeoff.

He added that the jet did not crash into buildings off the runway. 

Commander Jeannie Grenaveld, a spokeswoman for Naval Air Forces, told Fox News the crash happened during a practice flight for the Great Tennessee Airshow in Smyrna. The Blue Angels are performing June 4 and 5 at the airport.

Becca Cullision-Burgess told Fox 17 she was in her shop “My Southern Charm” when she saw the crash.

Becca Cullision-Burgess told Fox 17 she was in her shop “My Southern Charm” when she saw the crash.

“I’ve never seen such a big ball or orange fire before,” she said.

The Blue Angels flew over downtown Nashville earlier in the day.

Earlier Thursday, an Air Force Thunderbird jet crashed south of Colorado Springs, Colo. just after a flyover for a graduation of Air Force Academy cadets where President Obama had spoken.

Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michal Kloeffler-Howard said the pilot safely ejected from the jet.

President Obama met with the pilot shortly after the plane.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president thanked the pilot for his service and expressed his relief that he wasn’t seriously injured.

The F-16 crashed in a field near Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs just after ceremonies at the nearby academy where Obama delivered the commencement address.

Authorities say no one on the ground was injured in the Colorado incident.

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A U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet crashed Thursday in central Tennessee, a Navy official confirmed to Fox News. The crash involving the F/A-18 Hornet happened after 3 p.m. southeast of Nashville in the town of Smyrna, a Rutherford County dispatcher told Fox 17. Larry Farley, Rutherford County fire chief, told the Tennessean newspaper that dispatchers

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