One person dies explosion Battle Creek Air Show Jet Truck Crash occurred during a jet-fueled semitruck pyrotechnic performance Saturday at Battle Creek Executive Airport.
Battle Creek Air Show Jet Truck Crash
Following the explosion during the Shockwave Jet Truck’s performance at 1:10 p.m., emergency crews responded. The city confirmed the incident resulted in one death in a press release.
The Battle Creek Fire Department, Battle Creek Police Department, and the Federal Aviation Administration are all on the scene, and no other information about the driver is available at this time.
“He was doing his show and going down the runway,” said Suze Gusching, Field of Flight’s media relations director. “He passed by the explosion, and his truck had exploded.”
Following the incident, Saturday’s air show was cancelled, but all other Field of Flight activities continued as planned.
The Darnell Racing Enterprise’s show team includes the Shockwave Jet Truck, the Aftershock Jet Fire truck, and the Flash Fire Jet Truck. The team’s headquarters are in Springfield, Missouri.
The Shockwave truck, according to the team’s website, is powered by three Pratt & Whitney J34-38 jet engines originally used in US Navy T2 Buckeyes. The engines generate 36,000 horsepower and 21,000 pounds of thrust, allowing the truck to reach speeds of over 350 miles per hour.
The team’s three trucks have appeared at events across the United States.