Stuntman who was slated to perform at Salinas airshow dies during act

A popular airshow stuntman who was set to perform at the 2022 Salinas International Airshow died during a live performance in Michigan. Chris Darnell, 40, was driving the “Shockwave Jet Truck” while racing two planes during the Field of Flight Airshow in Battle Creek. The truck, capable of reaching speeds of up to 300 MPH, crashed during the maneuver and flipped off the runway. Darnell died at the scene.The Shockwave Jet Truck show is a family-run business that travels the nation performing at airshows and events. Chris’ father, Neal Darnell, is also a driver and pilot. He posted a note on the company’s Facebook page, “We are so sad. Just one month ago Chris turned 40. He was so well-loved by everyone who knew him. Chris so loved the air show business. He was living the dream’.”Chris’ wife, Brooke, is listed on the company website as the Co-Crew Chief for the Shockwave Jet Truck. It is not known if she was at the Battle Creek airshow at the time of the crash.As of Sunday morning, the Salinas International Airshow website still has the Shockwave Jet Truck listed as a performer for the October show. With several vehicles in the company’s fleet, there is a possibility the performance could still go on in some form. An investigation is underway to determine what caused the crash.

A popular airshow stuntman who was set to perform at the 2022 Salinas International Airshow died during a live performance in Michigan.

Chris Darnell, 40, was driving the “Shockwave Jet Truck” while racing two planes during the Field of Flight Airshow in Battle Creek. The truck, capable of reaching speeds of up to 300 MPH, crashed during the maneuver and flipped off the runway. Darnell died at the scene.

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The Shockwave Jet Truck show is a family-run business that travels the nation performing at airshows and events. Chris’ father, Neal Darnell, is also a driver and pilot. He posted a note on the company’s Facebook page, “We are so sad. Just one month ago Chris turned 40. He was so well-loved by everyone who knew him. Chris so loved the air show business. He was living the dream’.”

Chris’ wife, Brooke, is listed on the company website as the Co-Crew Chief for the Shockwave Jet Truck. It is not known if she was at the Battle Creek airshow at the time of the crash.

As of Sunday morning, the Salinas International Airshow website still has the Shockwave Jet Truck listed as a performer for the October show. With several vehicles in the company’s fleet, there is a possibility the performance could still go on in some form.

An investigation is underway to determine what caused the crash.

Contributed by local news sources

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