Driver killed at Fourth of July air show as 300mph jet truck explodes

A driver has been killed after an accident at the Battle Creek Air Show, according to the City of Battle Creek.

The Battle Creek Police Department, reported that the accident happened around 1.10pm on Saturday in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Driver killed in Battle Creek Air show during an explosion

Driver killed in Battle Creek Air show during an explosion

The incident occurred during a jet-fueled semitruck pyrotechnic performance in the Fourth of July weekend air show at the Battle Creek Executive Airport.

The Shockwave Jet Truck was racing two planes, going up to 300 miles per hour, according to a witness, reported CBS Channel 3.

As the parachute from the truck deployed, the truck engulfed in flames and exploded, according to CBS.

The explosion left thick black smoke in the air.

Suze Gusching, media relations for Field of Flight, told the Battle Creek Enquirer, “[The driver] was doing his show and going down the runway,”

“He passed by the explosion, and his truck had exploded.”

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, USAToday reported.

The teams are based in Springfield, Missouri and travel all across the United States.

According to the team’s website, the Shockwave truck feature three Pratt & Whitney J34-38 jet engines originally used in U.S. Navy T2 Buckeys.

USAToday went on to report, the engines produce 36,000 horsepower and provide 21,000 pounds of thrust, allowing the truck to reach speeds of more than 350 mph.

An investigation by The Battle Creek Fire Department, Battle Creek Police Department, and Federal Aviation Administration is ongoing.

The air show is being currently postponed.

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