VIDEO: Michigan airshow ends in tragedy after pilot killed in crash

Following Darnell’s death, the festival’s activities were canceled on Saturday.

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One person has died after an accident occurred during the pyrotechnics portion of an air show in Michigan.local authorities reported.

The tragic event occurred shortly after 1 pm Saturday at the Battle Creek Field of Flight airshow and hot air balloon festival held at Battle Creek Executive Airport, ABC News reported.

The victim was identified as Chris Darnell, 40, who was killed while driving a racing truck called the Shockwave Jet Truck during the air show., police said in an update Saturday night. The accident is currently under investigation.

Eerie video recorded by a showgoer captured the truck racing two planes from the runway before the accident occurred. A small fire can be seen in the footage behind the truck as the vehicle slid past the large fireball and eventually crashed.

“Oh boy, we have an incident here with our shockwave here at the Air Show Center.”said the announcer after the fatal crash occurred.

After the accident, the rest of the show was canceled “out of respect for the incident that occurred,” the festival organization said in a statement. Saturday night activities were scheduled to resume at the festival, which will run through Monday.

The incident is currently being handled by the Battle Creek Fire Department, the Battle Creek Police Department and the Federal Aviation Administration, police said.

The truck that was involved in the accident is equipped with three flamethrower jet engines, and was capable of speeds of more than 350 mph, according to its owners. The truck frequently appeared at airshows and drag races throughout the United States.

“We lost our youngest son, Chris, in an accident doing what he loved: performing with Shockwave.”Neall Darnell wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday, describing his son as a “family man” who leaves behind a wife and two daughters.

“Chris loved life, his great air show and his racing family so much,” Darnell concluded.

With information from ABC News

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