One person is dead following an explosion during a jet-fueled semitruck pyrotechnic performance Saturday at Battle Creek (Mich.) Executive Airport.
Emergency crews responded after the explosion occurred during the 1:10 p.m. performance by the Shockwave Jet Truck. In a release, the city confirmed the incident resulted in one death.
The Battle Creek Fire Department, Battle Creek Police Department, and Federal Aviation Administration are at the scene investigating, and there is no other information about the driver at this time.
“He was doing his show and going down the runway,” said Suze Gusching, media relations for Field of Flight. “He passed by the explosion, and his truck had exploded.”
The air show is currently postponed.
The Shockwave Jet Truck is part of the Darnell Racing Enterprise’s show team, which includes the Aftershock Jet Fire truck and the Flash Fire Jet Truck. The teams are based in Springfield, Missouri.
According to the team’s website, the Shockwave truck feature three Pratt & Whitney J34-38 jet engines originally used in U.S. Navy T-2 Buckeyes. The engines produce 36,000 horsepower and provide 21,000 pounds of thrust, allowing the truck to reach speeds of more than 350 mph.
The team’s three trucks have appeared at shows across the U.S.
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