A large explosion during the pyrotechnic part of the Michigan air show killed the 40-year-old driver of the “shockwave jet truck.”
One person is dead after an accident during the “pyrotechnic portion” of an air show in Michigan, police said. The incident occurred Saturday shortly after 1 p.m. at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival, held at Battle Creek Executive Airport. Chris Darnell, 40, died while driving a race truck dubbed the Shockwave Jet Truck during the air show, police said in an update Saturday evening. The accident is under investigation. Dramatic video by attendees of the air show captured the truck racing two aircraft on the runway before the accident occurred. A small fire behind the truck can be seen as the vehicle slides past a large fireball and crashes. “Oh boy, we’ve got an incident here with our Shockwave out here at Air Show Center,” the announcer can be heard saying following the accident. The Battle Creek Fire Department, Battle Creek Police Department and Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene, police said.