Larry Farley, Rutherford County fire chief told The Tennessean earlier that one person was killed in the crash.
The other five Blue Angels landed safely.
The elite acrobatics team was scheduled to perform at an air show this weekend.
People near the crash site also told The Tennessean that they heard a huge explosion and saw a massive plume of smoke when the plane went down. Jennifer Elliott, who had been watching the jets practice before going inside her house, said everything shook.
"It sounded like car crashed into my house," she said.
Rebecca Durand told the newspaper she thought the jet was performing a stunt when she saw its nose come straight down.
"Instead, I just saw this big orange explosion," she said.
This is the second fighter jet crash of the day for the military's elite fighter jet performance teams. A member of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds crashed in Colorado following a flyover for the Air Force Academy graduation where President Barack Obama spoke. That pilot ejected safely into a field.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.