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One dead following 'jet truck' explosion during Battle Creek Field of Flight airshow

 
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Happened today at 1:10pm performance

One person is dead following an explosion during a jet-fueled semitruck pyrotechnic performance Saturday at Battle Creek Executive Airport. Battle Creek, Michigan.

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 Quoting: nutmeg




Oh shit it's SHOCKWAVE jet truck.

I've seen that truck quite a few times and have even met the driver.

Shit man. Good people.
 Quoting: Just Passing Through.....


So the purpose is to race the jets? I've been to air shows but never saw that performance.

What exactly would have caused that to happen?
 Quoting: nutmeg


The truck is the only jet powered vehicle in that video.
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Happened today at 1:10pm performance

One person is dead following an explosion during a jet-fueled semitruck pyrotechnic performance Saturday at Battle Creek Executive Airport. Battle Creek, Michigan.

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 Quoting: nutmeg




Oh shit it's SHOCKWAVE jet truck.

I've seen that truck quite a few times and have even met the driver.

Shit man. Good people.
 Quoting: Just Passing Through.....


Took my kids to see that years ago.
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Re: One dead following 'jet truck' explosion during Battle Creek Field of Flight airshow
driver of the truck died?
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Looked like axles and shit flying around so guessing so.
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Re: One dead following 'jet truck' explosion during Battle Creek Field of Flight airshow
Happened today at 1:10pm performance

One person is dead following an explosion during a jet-fueled semitruck pyrotechnic performance Saturday at Battle Creek Executive Airport. Battle Creek, Michigan.

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 Quoting: nutmeg


and another darwin award winner
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Here's another video. I'm confused. Is there an explosion before the truck drives through it?

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Re: One dead following 'jet truck' explosion during Battle Creek Field of Flight airshow
Fast Forward to see a demo, 3:25


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Here's another video. I'm confused. Is there an explosion before the truck drives through it?

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 Quoting: nutmeg


Clearly a engine issue.
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Re: One dead following 'jet truck' explosion during Battle Creek Field of Flight airshow
The truck took a burst of 50cal, you see it lighting up the truck moments before it catches fire and explodes
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 Quoting: nutmeg


Cool!

Just looking down the list for RIAT in the UK in a few days, can't wait!

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Always wanted to see RIAT but I ll settle for the Battle of Britain Show at Duxford in September, again!
Cheers mate!
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Re: One dead following 'jet truck' explosion during Battle Creek Field of Flight airshow
Happened today at 1:10pm performance

One person is dead following an explosion during a jet-fueled semitruck pyrotechnic performance Saturday at Battle Creek Executive Airport. Battle Creek, Michigan.

[link to www.msn.com (secure)]
 Quoting: nutmeg


and another darwin award winner
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please don say the thruster seals leaked
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Ad for Show:

[link to fieldofflight.com (secure)]

Amazing Air Show Featuring…

USAF Thunderbirds
USAF F-35a
Navy F-35c
Navy F-18 Rhino
Wall of Fire
Top Civilian Air Performers
Night Air Show with Pyro
Hot-Air Balloons
Skerbeck Carnival
Great Lakes Timber Show
Kids Day sponsored in part by Meijer
Firework Shows
Live Music sponsored by FireKeepers
Shockwave Jet Truck
 Quoting: nutmeg


Cool!

Just looking down the list for RIAT in the UK in a few days, can't wait!

United States of America - US Air Force
Bell Boeing CV-22B Osprey 7th Special Operations Squadron USAF 75TH Flying
Bell Boeing CV-22B Osprey 7th Special Operations Squadron USAF 75TH Static
Boeing B-52H Stratofortress 23rd Bomb Squadron USAF 75TH Static
Boeing B-52H Stratofortress 96th Bomb Squadron USAF 75TH Flying
Boeing E-4B 595th Command and Control Group USAF 75TH Static NEW
Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 351st Air Refuelling Squadron USAF 75TH
Boeing KC-46A Pegasus 514th Air Mobility Wing USAF 75TH Static
Lockheed Martin F-16CM Fighting Falcon 555th Fighter Squadron USAF 75TH Static
Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II 495th Fighter Squadron USAF 75TH
Lockheed Martin MC-130J Commando II 67th Special Operations Squadron USAF 75TH
Lockheed U-2S 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron USAF 75TH
McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle 492nd Fighter Squadron USAF 75TH
McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle 494th Fighter Squadron USAF 75TH
United States of America - US Navy
Boeing P-8A Poseidon Patrol Squadron 46
 Quoting: Bartholomew Scribblet


Have FUN!

The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world's largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July, usually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust. The show typically attracts a total of 150,000 to 160,000 spectators over the weekend.
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Re: One dead following 'jet truck' explosion during Battle Creek Field of Flight airshow
Here's another video. I'm confused. Is there an explosion before the truck drives through it?

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 Quoting: nutmeg


Yes, it looks like pyrotechnics set up at the finish line may have impacted the truck with debris or shrapnel.
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Re: One dead following 'jet truck' explosion during Battle Creek Field of Flight airshow
I was at the Alliance Air Show in Fort Worth too many years ago and I was talking to one of the professional photogs,,,,

He was there that day for one of these jet powered trucks because Ross Perot JR was going along for the ride.

He said the series of pictures would put his daughter through A&M for a couple years if it goes badly.....
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Re: One dead following 'jet truck' explosion during Battle Creek Field of Flight airshow
Here's another video. I'm confused. Is there an explosion before the truck drives through it?

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 Quoting: nutmeg


Clearly a engine issue.
 Quoting: The Juan Mower


Blown tire. If you watch the first video you can see the rear of the left rear fender disintegrate, and then followed shortly by the front of the left rear fender. The debris from the tires and fender compromised the outer turbine body just after the compressor chamber. Right where compressed air is charged with fuel and ignited. That is the reason for the flames right before he loses control. Three distinct pops. One from the rear tire, then the pyro, then the front rear tire. It's pretty obvious if you watch the first video closely.
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"He was doing his show and going down the runway," said Suze Gusching, media relations for Field of Flight. "He passed by the explosion, and his truck had exploded."

pick Good reporting.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 81103584


It just happened when I posted the news. Details will follow.
They'll probably cancel the entire 3 day show. They always do when this happens. It takes years to plan and one accident cancels everything.
 Quoting: nutmeg


Why should everyone else's celebration be done because he screwed up?
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The air show has been cancelled for the rest of the day while emergency crews respond to the scene. The airspace has been closed. Everything is set to return to normal on Sunday.
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Here's another video. I'm confused. Is there an explosion before the truck drives through it?

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 Quoting: nutmeg


Clearly a engine issue.
 Quoting: The Juan Mower


Blown tire. If you watch the first video you can see the rear of the left rear fender disintegrate, and then followed shortly by the front of the left rear fender. The debris from the tires and fender compromised the outer turbine body just after the compressor chamber. Right where compressed air is charged with fuel and ignited. That is the reason for the flames right before he loses control. Three distinct pops. One from the rear tire, then the pyro, then the front rear tire. It's pretty obvious if you watch the first video closely.
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Thank you!
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Re: One dead following 'jet truck' explosion during Battle Creek Field of Flight airshow
I was at the Alliance Air Show in Fort Worth too many years ago and I was talking to one of the professional photogs,,,,

He was there that day for one of these jet powered trucks because Ross Perot JR was going along for the ride.

He said the series of pictures would put his daughter through A&M for a couple years if it goes badly.....
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WOW! Interesting!
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Re: One dead following 'jet truck' explosion during Battle Creek Field of Flight airshow
The pyro didn't cause the accident. Judging by photos you can find elsewhere, his back left rear tire blew out right when the chutes deployed. The debris from the tire likely ruptured the fuel line and caused the fire. Also likely caused the chutes to fail and the truck slid off the runway and started flipping.

Horrible incident.
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Re: One dead following 'jet truck' explosion during Battle Creek Field of Flight airshow

 Quoting: M*walk


I'm still trying to understand what caused the fire in the field in front of the truck at 0:22?
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That thing is only safe in Microsoft flight simulator.
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I'm still trying to understand what caused the fire in the field in front of the truck at 0:22?
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I am wondering, too.

Here's an explanation how the "Shockwave Jet Truck" works.

"Shockwave is currently being driven by Chris Darnell, who uses the truck to compete against planes going 300 miles per hour (480 km/h) in a rolling drag race at airshows, often winning."

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Here's another video. I'm confused. Is there an explosion before the truck drives through it?

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 Quoting: nutmeg


Yes, it looks like pyrotechnics set up at the finish line may have impacted the truck with debris or shrapnel.
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The Washington Post won't let me get any further than this before I have to subscribe....

"The crash of the Shockwave Jet Truck took place during the show's pyrotechnic portion when planned explosions were going off, but the crash itself appeared to be accidental..."
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Re: One dead following 'jet truck' explosion during Battle Creek Field of Flight airshow
Driver of the truck, Chris Darnell with photos:

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Video:
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Here's a video from his website. I would NOT be standing there if I attended the show on this video! Looks quite dangerous.
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At least it wasn't a spectator who died.

If your going to drive a Semi-Truck at 300MPH you have to kind of expect to die.
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On Shockwave's facebook page....many condolences:

Here's one:
No words. My memories over the coming days will be some beautiful photos I've taken of Shockwave over the years. My heart is shattered beyond words. I've messaged back and forth with Chris many times as I sent him my photos. Always a fan. Rest in peace, Chris. My love and prayers for your family, friends and crew. As a nation, we mourn the loss of a true American treasure.

Posted on the Shockwave Facebook page. Highlights of airshows:



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Re: One dead following 'jet truck' explosion during Battle Creek Field of Flight airshow
Happened today at 1:10pm performance

One person is dead following an explosion during a jet-fueled semitruck pyrotechnic performance Saturday at Battle Creek Executive Airport. Battle Creek, Michigan.

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 Quoting: nutmeg


Thanks Nutmeg
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Re: One dead following 'jet truck' explosion during Battle Creek Field of Flight airshow
He had a blowout as his chute was deploying. He was in my town at an airshow just a couple of months ago. I got to get a good look at his truck. He uses super singles on the rear axles instead of traditional duals. Looks like the right rear tire blew, as you can see debris leaving the truck as his drag chute is pulling out the main chute. You can see a fire on the back of the truck right before he starts to drift to the left as he is approaching the pyrotechnic routine. Those super single tread caps are extremely heavy and when they separate from the carcass at that speed they destroy everything in their path. The fire was probably from the lower right jet engine being destroyed by the tread cap, as it is mounted only a few inches away and has very little protection from flying debris.
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I doubt that they use recapped tires!
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Ad for Show:

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Amazing Air Show Featuring…

USAF Thunderbirds
USAF F-35a
Navy F-35c
Navy F-18 Rhino
Wall of Fire
Top Civilian Air Performers
Night Air Show with Pyro
Hot-Air Balloons
Skerbeck Carnival
Great Lakes Timber Show
Kids Day sponsored in part by Meijer
Firework Shows
Live Music sponsored by FireKeepers
Shockwave Jet Truck
 Quoting: nutmeg


Cool!

Just looking down the list for RIAT in the UK in a few days, can't wait!

United States of America - US Air Force
Bell Boeing CV-22B Osprey 7th Special Operations Squadron USAF 75TH Flying
Bell Boeing CV-22B Osprey 7th Special Operations Squadron USAF 75TH Static
Boeing B-52H Stratofortress 23rd Bomb Squadron USAF 75TH Static
Boeing B-52H Stratofortress 96th Bomb Squadron USAF 75TH Flying
Boeing E-4B 595th Command and Control Group USAF 75TH Static NEW
Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker 351st Air Refuelling Squadron USAF 75TH
Boeing KC-46A Pegasus 514th Air Mobility Wing USAF 75TH Static
Lockheed Martin F-16CM Fighting Falcon 555th Fighter Squadron USAF 75TH Static
Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II 495th Fighter Squadron USAF 75TH
Lockheed Martin MC-130J Commando II 67th Special Operations Squadron USAF 75TH
Lockheed U-2S 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron USAF 75TH
McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle 492nd Fighter Squadron USAF 75TH
McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle 494th Fighter Squadron USAF 75TH
United States of America - US Navy
Boeing P-8A Poseidon Patrol Squadron 46
 Quoting: Bartholomew Scribblet


Have FUN!

The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world's largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July, usually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust. The show typically attracts a total of 150,000 to 160,000 spectators over the weekend.
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Thanks Nutmeg dasbier always a pleasure to see our American cousins.

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They happen, accidents. I was at a blue angel show when one crashed. I was on the far side of the crash. Many decades ago
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 Quoting: M*walk


I didn't think that would bother me. We've seen two plane crashes at air shows. I'll never go to one again. That video brought it back. :(





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