BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — A truck driver of a Shockwave Jet Truck died in an accident at an air show in Battle Creek, Michigan on Saturday afternoon.
It happened around 1:10 p.m. at the Battle Creek Executive Airport during the Shockwave Jet Truck pyrotechnic portion of the air show, according to the Battle Creek Police Department.
The truck flipped off the runway and burst into flames while racing two planes while going more than 300 mph.
The driver was identified as 40-year-old Chris Darnell and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds honored him with a missing man formation on Sunday.
“I’ve watched him perform over and over and over, and his whole family. I’ve never seen anything out here like that. You Just don’t expect that,” Don Verhoeven said of Saturday’s crash. “Today, what the Thunderbirds did especially and the missing man formation, the whole crowd was quiet.”
The Federal Aviation Administration and local police departments are investigating and more than $2,000 has been raised for Darnell’s family, WOODTV reports.