A fiery shockwave Jet truck crash occurred on Saturday at Battle Creek Field of Flight Airshow and Balloon Festival.
Police of Battle Creek confirmed that the victim was a 40-year-old driver, Chris Darnell. In a Facebook post, his father, Neal Darnell, wrote that his son was performing at around 1.10 pm in his Jet truck at the speed of 300 mph on the Battle Creek executive runway.
According to him, the Accident resulted from mechanical failure on the Jet truck. His father also said that Chris was loved by everyone who knew him; he just turned 40 last month and was living his dream life.
Chris Darnell Wiki, Age, Biography
Chris Darnell has been involved in motorsports most of his life. According to his team’s website, he had participated in various racing formats, from circle track to drag racing.
He also owned a truck accessory company named “4 wheel customs”. He used to drive Flashfire and Shockwave jet trucks and share driving duties with his father, Neal.
More information on Accident-
After this tragedy, Saturday’s air show was canceled, but all the other flight activities remained on schedule. Police did not provide more information about Chris’s death, and the case is still under investigation.
The shockwave Jet truck, which included the Aftershock Jet fire truck and The Flash Fire Jet Truck, is a part of Springfield, Missouri-based Darnell Racing Enterprise’s show team.
According to the team’s website, the truck’s engine produces 36,000 horsepower and provides 21,000 pounds of thrusts, allowing the truck to reach a speed of 350 mph. Three trucks of this team have appeared at shows all across the U.S.