The victim in Saturday’s horrific Shockwave Jet Truck crash at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival was driver Chris Darnell, 40, according to Battle Creek Police.
Darnell was performing at the event around 1:10 p.m., driving his jet truck at speeds in excess of 300 mph down a runway at Battle Creek Executive Airport when he crashed, according to his father, Neal Darnell, in a Facebook post-Saturday night.
“We are heartbroken. Chris turned 40 just a month ago. He was adored by everyone who knew him “Neal Darnell penned the piece. “Chris was a huge fan of air shows. He was, as he put it, “living the dream.””
At the time of the collision, two stunt planes flew above Chris Darnell. They have nothing to do with the occurrence.
On Saturday, Chris Darnell, 40, was killed in a fiery crash at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival.
Police have not released any other information about Darnell’s death. Battle Creek Fire, Police, and Federal Aviation Administration officials are still investigating the crash.
Following the incident, Saturday’s air show was canceled, but all other Field of Flight activities continued as planned. The air show was supposed to restart today.