American dies in jet engine truck crash

The pilot of a semi-trailer on which three aircraft engines had been mounted died on Saturday after suffering an accident during a motorized show in the American state of Michigan, where he had exceeded 480 km / h.

Chris Darnell, 40, is deadof his wounds“After this accident caused by a”mechanical failure“says his father Neal Darnell on Facebook.

Videos posted on YouTube show the truck, dubbed “SHOCKWAVE(shockwave), flown over by two planes as part of the show, appearing to lose control before bursting into flames and performing a series of barrel rolls on the tarmac at Battle Creek Airport, where the festival takes place. air show. “We lost our youngest son Chris in an accident where he was doing what he loved: performing with SHOCKWAVE“, wrote his father.

Equipped with these three aircraft engines, the truck had previously reached the speed of 605 km / h, a record for a semi-trailer, according to the company’s website.

The investigation into this accident is continuing.“, noted Saturday evening the police of Battle Creek, which specifies that the American agency in charge of aviation, takes part in the investigations.

The rest of the festival’s aerial displays were scheduled to resume on Sunday morning and continue through Monday, July 4, the US National Day.


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