The U.S. Army’s parachute team the Golden Knights canceled its performance at the Kansas City Air Show after one of its skydivers died following a jumping accident at the Chicago Air & Water Show Saturday, the Kansas City’s show director said.
The Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy’s Leap Frogs initiated a safety stand down after the death of Sgt. First Class Corey Hood, who collided with another jumper Saturday and was knocked unconscious. He smashed into a high-rise apartment on the way down.
Hood died from his injuries Sunday.
“We have been doing air shows for 20 years and they have been there every year,” said Ed Noyallis, director of the Kansas City Airshow. “This will be the first time they haven’t been here. We have gotten to know them personally, so this is a sad thing for us.”
Show organizers will do something special to honor Hood and the Golden Knights at this weekend’s show, Noyallis said. While plans haven’t been finalized, Noyallis said there would likely be a moment of silence at the beginning of the show.
Despite the Golden Knights’ absence, Noyallis said they have an exciting show planned. The show’s schedule will need to be rearranged following the cancellation.
“We have it timed down to the minute through the whole day,” Noyallis said. “We have a very full schedule.”
The Kansas City Airshow will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Wheeler Downtown Airport. The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels are one of the main attractions.
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For more information about the show and its performers, see its website here.
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