Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss

First in a Decade: Blue Angels jet crashes after take-off in Tennessee, killing pilot

(Photo: Matt Bell/The Register & Bee via AP)

A U.S. official told the Associated Press that Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss was killed when his F/A-18 Hornet flown with the Navy’s elite demonstration squadron crashed shortly after take-off Thursday [06.03.16], just days before a weekend air show performance.

The jet crashed at 3:01 p.m. in Smyrna, Tennessee (near Nashville), according to AIRFOR spokeswoman Cmdr. Jeannie Groeneveld.

Kuss was a native of Durango, Colorado, and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Marines in 2006. He previously served in Afghanistan before joining the Blue Angels.

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