NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Friday June 2, marks the one-year anniversary of the deadly Blue Angels plane crash in Smyrna, Tennessee, which claimed the life of Capt. Jeff Kuss.
Kuss was practicing for the Great Tennessee Air Show when a U.S. Navy F/A 18 fighter jet crashed right after taking off around 3 p.m. Witnesses recorded the tragic scene as it unfolded just a few miles from the airport.
Hundreds of residents came out to Smyrna for an impromptu memorial for Kuss. One young girl in particular captured the hearts of our viewers with her kind words.
Kuss left behind a wife and two children. He served as an opposing solo pilot. It was his second year on the team and his first year as a demonstration pilot.
The Blue Angels said he embodied and inspired the team with an “incredible spirit of compassion, courage and resiliency.”
He will be permanently honored with a memorial in Smyrna.