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US Official: Blue Angels Pilot Did Not Eject

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(AP) - A U.S. official says the pilot of a Blue Angels jet did not eject when the aircraft crashed in Tennessee and likely was killed.

The official spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

The Navy says the pilot was beginning to take off during an afternoon practice session when the crash happened. The pilot is not being identified until next of kin are notified. Five other F/A-18 jets landed safely moments later.

The Navy says it is investigating.