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Pilot Killed in US Navy Blue Angels Jet Crash, Hunter Hayes on Scene and Scheduled to Fly Same Day

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A pilot has died in a U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet crash Thursday afternoon in Smyrna, Tennessee, PEOPLE has learned.

According to a press release from the Naval Air Forces, the name of the pilot is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification requirements.

Country star Hunter Hayes was scheduled to fly in a US Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet jet on Thursday ahead of the Great Tennessee Air Show at the Smyrna Airport this weekend.

Five other Blue Angel jets were not involved in the incident and landed safely moments later.

Larry Farley, the Rutherford County fire chief, dispatchers were told that one person was killed, The Tennessean reports.

According to a source on the scene, Hayes was talking to a member of the Blue Angels team when the crash occurred.

“[Hayes] jumped up from his chair and went to the window to see the smoke,” the insider told PEOPLE. “There was a big fireball and tons of smoke. Everyone is waiting in stunned silence, hoping for some good news.”

A similar incident occurred on Thursday near Colorado Springs, Colorado when a Thunderbirds F-16 crashed as the plane flew over a U.S. Air Force Academy graduation ceremony, at which President Barack Obama was present, CNN reports.

Lt. Col. Christopher Hammond, commander of the Air Force’s Thunderbirds demonstration team, reportedly said that the pilot encountered an unspecified issue during landing.

“He had already put his gear down, and that’s when the incident occurred,” he said. “He made a conscious effort to direct his aircraft away from some of the local neighborhoods.”

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