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Blue Angels crash blamed on pilot error


The blast of a Blue Angels flight while it was advancing for an air appearance in Tennessee in June was a aftereffect of pilot error, a Navy address says. Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss was dead in the blast June 2 in Smyrna, Tennessee, afterwards he could not complete a action in his F/A-18 jet, according to the report.It said Kuss, aerial Blue Angel Number 6, was activity too fast and was not aerial abundant back he approved what is alleged a Split S maneuver. He transitioned from the aerial achievement ascend to the Split S too low and too fast, and by not deselecting his afterburners during the maneuver, he connected to accelerate, the Navy address said. The net aftereffect of these deviations was that the aircraft was artlessly too low and too fast to abstain impacting the ground. The address said Kuss did not booty any accomplishments that could accept possibly prevented the crash. He again approved to banish from the aircraft too late, it added. Although Capt Kuss was a awful accomplished and admired argosy aviator, his deviations from accepted operating procedures in active the Split S action resulted in a baleful accident of situational awareness, said the address anachronous August 25 and acquired by on Thursday.The Split S action will not be performed in Blue Angels shows until at atomic abutting year, the address said.Kuss, a built-in of Durango, Colorado, abutting the Blue Angels in September 2014 and had accumulated added than 1,400 flight hours and 175 landings on aircraft carriers, according to the Blue Angels website. He was in his aboriginal year on Blue Angels squads aerial at air shows and added accessible performances back the blast occurred.After the crash, Blue Angels flight baton and advantageous officer, Cmdr. Ryan Bernacchi, alleged Kuss truly one of the complete finest Americans this country can produce. We absent an aviator that believed so acutely in the Blue Angels mission of alarming others and apery the Navy and Marine Corps, our citizens and our abundant country, Bernacchi said.The Blue Angels chock-full performances for a ages afterwards the crash, abandoning three weekends of shows. The accumulation alternate to the air in Traverse City, Michigan, in aboriginal July. s Steven Visser contributed to this report.