Navy Investigates Blue Angel Crash
Investigators began to look through wreckage Sunday to determine what caused Blue Angel pilot to crash a day earlier. Lt. Cmdr. Kevin J. Davis, 32, died when his plane crashed into a wooded area in Beufort, South Carolina, home of a Marine Corps Air Station.
The crash occured during the last of a series of manuvers on Saturday afternoon. Davis and the other pilots were to creat a delta-shaped formation, but Davis' jet did join the formation. The crash sent fiery debris through the air, injuring eight people on the ground and damaging several homes, according to the AP.
The AP also reported that, due to the pilots' extensive and elite training, crashes like this are rare: The last such one occured in 1999. Navy officials said that it could be at least three weeks until the cause of the crash is known.
The Boston Globe, with help from the AP, wrote a small obituary for Davis. Davis grew up in Pittsfield, Mass., and was fascinated by flight at a young age.
"He was fascinated with airplanes from the time he was little," said Betty Sweeney, a former neighbor.
Davis joined the Blue Angles in 2005, though this was his first year as a demonstration pilot. Davis graduated with honors in 1996 from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla and then entered officer candidate school at Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla.
"Kevin was a highly motivated young man. He loved planes. He was a good student and a very conscientious young man," said Tom McGill, a friend of Davis' father.