American dies in jet engine truck crash

American dies in jet engine truck crash


The pilot of a tractor-trailer on which three aircraft engines had been mounted died on Saturday after suffering an accident during a motor show in the American state of Michigan, where he had exceeded 480 km/h. 

Chris Darnell, 40, died “of his injuries” after this accident caused by a “mechanical breakdown”, says his father Neal Darnell on Facebook.

Videos posted to YouTube show the truck, dubbed 'SHOCKWAVE', being hovered over by two planes as part of the show, appearing to lose control before bursting into flames and performing a series of barrel rolls on the tarmac at Battle Creek Airport, home of the Air Show Festival.

“We lost our youngest son Chris in an accident where he was doing what he loved: performing with SHOCKWAVE,” his father wrote.

Equipped with these three aircraft engines, the truck had previously reached speeds of 605 km/h, a re cord for a semi-trailer, according to the company's website.

“The investigation into this accident is continuing”, noted the Battle Creek police on Saturday evening, which specifies that the American agency in charge of aviation, is taking part in the investigations.

The rest of the festival's aerial demonstrations were to resume on Sunday morning and continue until Monday, July 4, the American National Day.