By Anthony Caruso III | Editor
According to the Battle Creek, Michigan Police Department, Shockwave Jet Truck driver Chris Darnell has died. He was 40 years old.
Darnell was driving Shockwave at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show at Battle Creek Executive Airport. The crash happened around 1:10 p.m. local time.
We have an update on today’s air show crash, released in coordination with Field of Flight.
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“Chris Darnell, 40, died today during the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival,” the Battle Creek Police Department said in a Facebook post. “Darnell drives the SHOCKWAVE Jet Truck during the air show; it travels over 300 mph on the runway at Battle Creek Executive Airport, where flying field activities take place. At approximately 1:10 p.m. today, during Darnell’s performance at the air show, an accident occurred which resulted in his death.
“The accident is under investigation, no new information is available. Officials from the Battle Creek Fire Department, Battle Creek Police and Federal Aviation Administration continue to investigate.
Saturday evening activities will continue as planned. However, aerial performances of the air show will resume on Sunday and Monday.
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Darnell just turned 40 a month ago, according to Shockwave’s Facebook page. The team has not commented on its accounts since this tragedy.
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