BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Chris Darnell, a Shockwave Jet Truck performer died in an accident at an air show in Battle Creek, Michigan Saturday afternoon.   

It happened around 1:10 p.m. at the Battle Creek Executive Airport during the Shockwave Jet Truck pyrotechnic portion of the air show, according to the Battle Creek Police Department.

The truck flipped off the runway and burst into flames while racing two planes.

Several witnesses told News 8 there was an explosion and they saw fire coming from the truck. 

The air show was cancelled for the rest of the day while emergency crews responded to the scene. Everything is set to return to normal on Sunday.

Family, friends, and the airshow community mourned the death of Chris Darnell Sunday.

“We deeply mourn the loss of our friend, mentor, and fellow air show demonstration performer Chris Darnell, of the Shockwave Jet Truck,” said the U.S. Navy Blue Angels in a statement.

The Blue Angels also said it was an honor to perform alongside Darnell.

“Our hearts are with his family, friends, team, and the airshow community,” concluded the statement.

The Shockwave Jet Truck and Flash Fire Jet Trucks also released a statement on the accident.

“An accident occurred as a result of a mechanical failure on the Jet Truck. Regretfully Chris Darnell the driver and my youngest son passed away from his injuries,” read part of the statement signed by Neal Darnell.

The statement ends by saying how much he was loved by everyone and that he loved the Air Show business so much he was “Living the dream”.