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Blue Angels planes touch midair during Pensacola practice

Two U.S. Navy Blue Angel jets touched midair during a practice at Naval Air Station Pensacola, the Navy said Thursday.

The incident happened Wednesday, said Lt. Michelle Tucker, spokeswoman for  Rear Adm. Daniel Dwyer, chief of naval air training.

“The No. 3 canopy made momentary contact with the underside of No. 1’s outer wing during the Diamond 360 maneuver,” Tucker said.

She said there were no injuries.

Capt. Eric Doyle, the Blue Angel’s commanding officer, flies the No. 1 jet.

Doyle called a safety stand down after the planes made contact.

The team held a debriefing following the incident, Tucker said.

An initial damage assessment of the aircraft found a “minimal scratch” on the No. 3 canopy, she said.

The incident will not affect the team’s scheduled performance in Chicago this weekend, she said.

“Capt. Doyle is confident in the abilities of his pilots,” she said.

The two aircraft involved in the incident will not fly in Chicago and have been swapped out with replacement jets. But Tucker said both pilots will perform at the Chicago air show.

Lt. James Cox flies the No. 3 jet.

The Diamond 360 is one of the first maneuvers in the show and involves four aircraft flying in close wingtip-to-canopy in a diamond formation 360 degrees around the crowd.