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Shockwave Jet Truck driver dies while racing at 500 km/h at air show after vehicle EXPLODES

Shockwave Jet Truck driver dies while racing at 500 km/h at air show after vehicle EXPLODES

  • A truck driver died after his Shockwave jet truck exploded and burst into flames
  • The truck crashed into two planes traveling at 300 miles per hour just after 1 p.m. Saturday at Michigan’s Battle Creek Air Show
  • An explosion appears to be happening in front of the truck that raced through it
  • The vehicle came out on the other side surrounded by smoke and significantly slower

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A driver is dead after his jet truck burst into flames when he released his parachute while speeding planes at 300mph.

The driver was killed just after 1 p.m. Saturday during the “pyrotechnic” event at Michigan’s Battle Creek Air Show, police confirmed.

Witnesses say the Shockwave jet truck sped two planes flying at 300 miles per hour. When the driver deployed his parachute, the truck reportedly burst into flames and erupted in a large puff of black smoke.

‘[The driver] did his show and walked the runway,” Suze Gusching, media relations for Field of Flight, told the Battle Creek Enquirer. “He passed the blast and his truck had exploded.”

Video of the incident shows a large explosion that took place just before the truck impacted. As the vehicle flew out the other side, it slowed significantly and was covered in thick smoke.

Chris Darnell is listed on the company’s website as the driver of the Shockwave Jet Truck. His brother Neal, who pilots the Flash Fire jet truck, declined to comment when reached by Daily Mail.com

A driver died after his Shockwave jet truck exploded after deploying the parachute in Battle Creek, Michigan

A driver died after his Shockwave jet truck exploded after deploying the parachute in Battle Creek, Michigan

The plane pilots flew through the smoke but appear unharmed

The plane pilots flew through the smoke but appear unharmed

The truck sped two planes that were reportedly traveling at about 300 miles per hour

The truck sped two planes that were reportedly traveling at about 300 miles per hour

Chris Darnell (pictured) is listed as the Shockwave driver on the company's website. It has not been confirmed that he is the one who died

Chris Darnell (pictured) is listed as the Shockwave driver on the company’s website. It has not been confirmed that he is the one who died

Witnesses can be heard saying “ohh” as they realized the situation had just gotten bad, and the announcer asked people to “hang back” while emergency teams assisted the scene.

The Battle Creek Fire and Police Departments and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

A Shockwave truck features three Pratt & Whitney J34-38 jet engines originally used by the US Navy’s T2 Buckeys aircraft, meaning it delivers 36,000 horsepower and 21,000 pounds of thrust

According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, the truck can reach speeds in excess of 350 miles per hour.

The Darnell Racing Enterprise that owns the truck also owns the Aftershock Jet Fire Truck and the Flash Fire Jet Truck.

The airshow was scheduled to take place from June 30th to July 4th but is currently being postponed due to the accident. The event, held at the airport, was primarily to celebrate the Air Force’s 75th anniversary.

The police confirmed the incident on their Facebook page

The police confirmed the incident on their Facebook page

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Andrew Kugle

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