The Navy Times first reported Friday that the Blue Angels have suspended flying until further notice as a result of Thursday’s fatal crash. The suspension doesn’t mean the Blue Angels will not resume their air show schedule this season, However, team members are returning home to Florida to regroup before deciding when to resume flying, the Navy Times reported.
The crash happened just after takeoff and killed Marine Corps Capt. Jeff Kuss, a U.S. official told The Associated Press. A Naval Air Forces release described Kuss as “an incredible Marine, husband and father, and an inspiration to so many; his loss will be felt across the nation.”
Dayton’s Emoff said the Navy’s decision to ground the Blue Angels is “standard” and “expected” following such incidents.
Refunds will not be issued should the Blue Angels fail to appear here, Emoff said.
“Our show is worth the money that’s paid, no question,” he said. “We hope that we have people come out and support our show with or without a jet team.”
Still, he said turnout for the show is better when jet teams are in flight.
Emoff reassured prospective visitors they would still be able to see the planned visit of the F-22 Raptor stealth aircraft.
“Our show without the headliner will be a great show at most places, and it’s going to be a great show for us,” Emoff said. He added, “With the Blue Angels we have probably the best show in the country. Without the Blue Angels we have a really good show.”