Officials: Continuing with Great Tennessee Air Show ‘right thing to do’

This May 19, 2016, photo shows Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss at an air show in Lynchburg, Va. A Blue Angels F/A-18 fighter jet crashed Thursday, June 2, near Nashville, Tenn., killing the pilot just days before a weekend air show performance, officials said. A U.S. official said the pilot was Kuss. (Matt Bell/The Register & Bee via AP)

SMYRNA, Tenn. (WKRN) — Officials with the Great Tennessee Air Show said the decision to continue with this weekend’s airshow was the right thing to do in order to honor the pilot killed Thursday.

The media briefing was held Friday at 2:08 p.m. in Smyrna, just one day after a pilot was killed when a U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet crashed in Smyrna.

The rest of Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss’ crew will no longer participate in the air show in the wake of the pilot’s death.

The airshow will go on as scheduled; although officials with the Smyrna airport say they deeply saddened by the devastating accident.

“Show management has discussed the relative advantages and disadvantages of continuing the show. After close consultation with the Blue Angels, regulatory officials and the performers, we have made the decision to carry on with this weekend’s show,” said John Black, Executive Director of the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport.

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