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Emergency cuts short Kelsey Leyrer’s Blue Angels flight

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — During Kelsey Leyrer’s flight with the Blue Angels Wednesday, the pilot said there was a “little bit of an emergency” while they were in the air.

Leyrer said that red lights began flashing in the cockpit after several minutes up in the air, reaching speeds in excess of 600 mph.

“So what we’re going to do is head back home,” Lt. Tyler Davies said. “Don’t worry about that.”

“The pilot was extremely calm and professional,” Leyrer said. “Almost to the point that I didn’t realize anything was going wrong.”

Leyrer says she felt safe the entire time.

She said the alert was classified as what’s known as a “Bleed Air” issue which can happen when cabin air becomes contaminated by fumes from the engine. It’s unclear if that happened during Leyrer’s flight.

The Blue Angels said that safety is their number one priority in emergency situations, so they take very precaution to ensure a rider’s safety.

Regardless of the emergency, Leyrer reached 6.8 G-forces before touching back down at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base.

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