Driver, 40, of Shockwave Jet Truck dies racing two planes at 300mph after his vehicle passes giant explosion and bursts into flames

  • Chris Darnell died after his Shockwave jet truck blew up and became engulfed in flames 
  • The truck was racing two airplanes that were going 300mph at the Battle Creek Air Show in Michigan on Saturday shortly after 1pm 
  • An explosion appears to happen in front of the truck, which barreled through it and then caught fire
  • His brother Neal, who pilots the Flash Fire Jet Truck, declined to comment when reached by Daily Mail.com

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A driver is dead after his jet truck was engulfed in flames when he released his parachute while racing planes going 300mphs. 

Chris Darnell, 40, was killed during the 'pyrotechnic' event at the Battle Creek Air Show in Michigan shortly after 1pm on Saturday, police confirmed. 

Witnesses say the Shockwave jet truck was racing two planes that were going 300 mph. When the driver deployed his parachute, the truck reportedly engulfed in flames and a large plume of black smoke. 

'[The driver] was doing his show and going down the runway,'  Suze Gusching, media relations for Field of Flight told the Battle Creek Enquirer. 'He passed by the explosion, and his truck had exploded.' 

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A driver died after his Shockwave jet truck exploded after he deployed the parachute in Battle Creek, Michigan

A driver died after his Shockwave jet truck exploded after he deployed the parachute in Battle Creek, Michigan

The aircraft pilots flew through the smoke but appear unharmed
The aircraft pilots flew through the smoke but appear unharmed

The aircraft pilots flew through the smoke but appear unharmed 

The Shockwave jet race truck is seen at the 2018 Great New England Air and Space Show Media Day at Westover Air Force Base

The Shockwave jet race truck is seen at the 2018 Great New England Air and Space Show Media Day at Westover Air Force Base 

Chris Darnell (pictured) has been named as the driver who died in the jet truck explosion.

Chris Darnell (pictured) has been named as the driver who died in the jet truck explosion.

Video of the incident shows a large explosion happening right before the truck barreled into it. As the vehicle came flying out of the other side, it significantly slowed and was covered in thick smoke. 

Witnesses can be heard going 'ohh' as they realized the situation had just turned dire and the announcer asked people to 'stay back' while emergency teams assisted the scene. 

The Battle Creek Fire and Police Departments and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating. 

A Shockwave truck features three Pratt & Whitney J34-38 jet engines, which were originally used by the US Navy's T2 Buckeys planes, meaning it produces 36,000 horsepower and provide 21,000 pounds of thrust 

The truck can reportedly reach up to more than 350mph, according to the Battle Creek Enquirer. 

The Darnell Racing Enterprise, which owns the truck, also owns the Aftershock Jet Fire truck and the Flash Fire Jet truck.

The airshow was scheduled to take place from June 30 to July 4, but is currently postponed due to the accident. The event, which took place at the airport, was largely to celebrate the Air Force's 75th Anniversary. 

The truck was racing two airplanes, which were reportedly going around 300mph

The truck was racing two airplanes, which were reportedly going around 300mph

Police confirmed the incident on its Facebook page

Police confirmed the incident on its Facebook page 

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Driver of Shockwave Jet Truck dies while racing planes at 300mph at air show after vehicle EXPLODES

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