Last week, Hunter Hayes was set to fly high with the always-amazing U.S. Navy Blue Angels in Smyrna, Tennessee during an air show in what was likely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Before Hunter took part in that flight on Friday, however, one of the jets, piloted by 32-year-old Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, crashed during a practice run on Thursday. Despite not being scheduled to fly with the elite military crew until the next day, Hunter was in the crowd watching the Blue Angels practice and, according to his publicist, the crash took place right in front of him.
At the time, Hunter expressed his sadness on Twitter: “The tragedy today with the Blue Angels is so devastating. My heart and prayers are with the pilot’s family and the entire Blue Angels team.”
No cause of the accident has been revealed yet, but now a new video has emerged that shows the moments before the crash and a dark black cloud afterwards (watch below).
One of the people on the video can be heard saying, “This is terrible. This is terrible.”
I’ll definitely second that emotion.
Capt. Jeff Kuss leaves behind a wife and two small children. If you’d like to donate to help the family, a GoFundMe page has been set up here.