According to reports, Chris Darnell, a 40-year-old Shockwave Jet truck driver, was killed in a tragic accident. The freak accident took place at a popular Michigan air show. Reports confirm that the driver died moments after his vehicle experienced mechanical failures. Chris was part of the family-run Darnell Racing Enterprise’s show team. The news has surfaced on the internet and has garnered the interest of everyone. People who knew the driver are coming forward and are paying him heartfelt tributes. Here is everything we know about his sudden death.
Darnell reportedly died after his jet truck, which was competing in a race at 300 mph as part of the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival, caught fire. When the tragedy happened, the Shockwave Jet Truck was competing against two aircraft. The truck exploded and burst into flames when its parachute detonated. There was a lot of smoke in the air after the explosion. A horror video captures the moment the car blew up in Michigan on Saturday in front of shocked witnesses.
Suze Gusching, media relations for Field of Flight, stated that Chris was doing his show and going down the runway. The Shockwave Truck, according to the team website, is powered by three Pratt & Whitney J34-38 jet engines that were previously employed by US Navy T2 Buckeys. The engines’ combined output of 36,000 horsepower and 21,000 pounds of torque enable the truck to travel at more than 350 mph.
The Battle Creek Fire Department, Battle Creek Police Department, and Federal Aviation Administration are all currently conducting an investigation. From June 30 to July 4, the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival was to be held. After the incident, the air show was postponed for the rest of the day on Saturday, July 2. It was anticipated to continue on Sunday, July 3. The Flash Fire Jet Truck and the Shockwave Jet Truck were both operated by Chris Darnell.
Chris was a member of the show team for the family-run Darnell Racing Enterprise. The teams, who are located in Springfield, Missouri, perform their acts all over the country. Chris was a seasoned motorsports promotion professional who had spent years honing his drag racing abilities, according to the team website. The driver ran a truck accessory business called 4 Wheel Customs and held a bachelor’s degree in marketing, advertising, and promotions from Missouri State University. Keep following our site for more updates.