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    Chris Darnell was driving the SHOCKWAVE Jet Truck down a runway at more than 300 miles per hour.

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    Driver of jet-propelled truck killed in high-speed crash at air show in Michigan

    JULY 4, 2022 / 7:22 AM / CBS/AFP

    The driver of a truck powered by jet engines was killed during a high-speed accident in front of spectators at an air show in Michigan, police and relatives said Sunday.

    Chris Darnell, 40, died Saturday at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show, where he was driving the SHOCKWAVE Jet Truck down a runway at more than 300 miles per hour, police said in a statement.

    "We have lost our youngest son Chris in an accident doing what he loved; performing with SHOCKWAVE," his father Neal Darnell said on Facebook. In a separate post, he said the accident was a result of "a mechanical failure on the Jet Truck."

    Video taken at the Battle Creek Executive Airport by apparent air show attendees and posted on social media showed the truck losing control, bursting into flames and crashing, flipping over multiple times as horrified spectators looked on.

    Moments before the accident, the SHOCKWAVE was seen spewing pyrotechnic flames from its exhaust pipes, apparently a standard part of the truck performance.

    The truck, which was touted on the company's as the "world's fastest semi," having once reached a record speed of 376 miles per hour, was modified to carry three jet engines on the back, providing it with 36,000 horsepower and 21,000 pounds of thrust, according to the company's website. The truck was driven by Darnell and owned by Darnell Racing Enterprises of Springfield, Missouri, the website says.

    The SHOCKWAVE Jet Truck is seen at the 2018 Great New England Air and Space Show Media Day at Westover Air Force Base on July 13, 2018 in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

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    Battle Creek Police said the rest of Saturday's schedule was canceled but the air show would resume Sunday, and that police, fire officials and the Federal Aviation Administration had launched investigations.

    "We are so sad," Neal Darnell wrote. "Just one month ago Chris turned 40. He was so well loved by everyone who knew him. Chris so loved the Air Show business. He was 'Living the Dream' as he said."

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    Jet Truck driver dies in accident at Michigan air show

    The driver of a jet-powered semitruck died when the vehicle crashed in a fiery accident in Michigan on Saturday, police said.

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    Jet Truck driver dies in accident at Michigan air show

    Chris Darnell died Saturday while driving the Shockwave Jet Truck at the annual Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival.

    July 3, 2022, 4:34 AM UTC / Updated July 4, 2022, 4:19 AM UTC

    By Dennis Romero

    The driver of a jet-powered semitruck died when the vehicle crashed in a fiery accident in Michigan on Saturday, police said.

    Battle Creek police identified the victim as Chris Darnell, 40, who was behind the wheel of the Shockwave Jet Truck when it raced through or by an explosion and appeared to be in flames, producing a streak of smoke and debris recorded on video.

    It wasn't clear if that first burst of flames, which created a cloud of black smoke, was part of the expected display at the annual Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival. The state government's website promotes the event and notes that it features "pyro and the WALL OF FIRE."

    Two prop planes were performing aerial tricks and flying low above the truck as it raced down a runway at the Battle Creek Executive Airport when the accident happened.

    In a post on the Jet Truck Facebook page, Darnell's father, Neal Darnell, blamed mechanical failure for the accident.

    "We are so sad," Darnell said in the post. “Just one month ago Chris turned 40. He was so well loved by everyone who knew him. Chris so loved the Air Show business. He was 'Living the Dream' as he said."

    The truck was created by the late Les Shockley, said to be the pioneer of jet trucks, and operated by the Darnell's since 2012, according to the International Council of Air Shows. The vehicle is based on a 1985 Peterbilt and powered by three J-34 jet engines, according to the council.

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    The semitruck is said to be able to exceed 300 mph. Chris Darnell claimed to hold the jet truck speed record, 375 mph, achieved in his team's Flash Fire jet-modified pickup in 2005 in Florida.

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    No other injuries were reported following the crash, reported shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday.

    Police said organizers canceled the rest of the day’s air show but that other festivities would continue as scheduled through the festival's end Monday.

    The event also includes music performances and fireworks.

    Battle Creek police, fire and the Federal Aviation Administration were investigating the crash and the cause, police said.

    CORRECTION: (July 4, 2022, 12:20 a.m. ET): A previous version of this article misstated the name of the event. It is the Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival, not Field of Light.

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    Dennis Romero is a breaking news reporter for NBC News Digital.

    Michelle Acevedo contributed.

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    Battle Creek air show: Stunt truck with jet engines crashes, killing driver

    A jet-powered stunt truck spun out of control and crashed at an air show in Battle Creek, Michigan, killing the driver, according to police and footage of the incident.

    Stunt truck with jet engines crashes at Michigan air show, killing driver

    By Sharif Paget and Dakin Andone, CNN

    Updated 1548 GMT (2348 HKT) July 3, 2022

    The SHOCKWAVE Jet Truck is seen behind a pace car in this handout photo.

    (CNN)A jet-powered stunt truck spun out of control and crashed at an air show in Battle Creek, Michigan, killing the driver, according to police and footage of the incident.

    In a statement, Battle Creek police identified Chris Darnell, 40, as the driver of the SHOCKWAVE Jet Truck, a custom-built semitruck equipped with three jet engines, which was racing down the runway at the Battle Creek Executive Airport at more than 300 miles per hour.

    The accident occurred around 1:10 p.m. "during the pyrotechnic portion" of the show at the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival, police said earlier.

    Video shot by air show attendee Mike Westra showed the truck racing two planes, speeding down the runway before spinning and crashing. Another video shows a parachute deploying behind the truck right before the crash.

    A thick plume of black smoke and fire seen in the videos were part of the show's pyrotechnic display and not related to the accident, Westra told CNN. In the videos, the smoke and fire are seen before the truck loses control.

    Emergency responders were at the airport on standby and quickly responded, Westra said. "Within a minute or two they were putting water on the fire," Westra added.

    Westra saw the charred wreckage once the fire was put out, he said, telling CNN, "It came to rest upside down."

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    The accident is under investigation by the police department and the Battle Creek Fire Department, police said.

    The remainder of the air show Saturday was canceled following the crash, according to a post on the festival's Facebook page.

    The SHOCKWAVE Jet Truck is capable of reaching speeds in excess of 350 miles per hour, according to the company's website. Per the site, the truck was driven by Darnell and owned by Darnell Racing Enterprises of Springfield, Missouri.

    In a statement, Darnell's father, Neal Darnell, confirmed his youngest son had died, writing the accident occurred "as a result of mechanical failure."

    "We are so sad," Neal Darnell wrote. "Just one month ago Chris turned 40. He was so well loved by everyone who knew him. Chris so loved the Air Show business."

    CNN's Sara Smart contributed to this report.

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