Dayton Air show officials discuss Blue Angels

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Officials from the Vectren Dayton Air Show spoke Friday about the Blue Angels who are scheduled to perform at this years’ show.

Officials say they have not yet heard from the Blue Angels whether they will perform following Thursday’s deadly crash in Tennessee. They said they’re saddened about the crash and the death of the Blue Angels pilot, but the show must go on.

“It hurts me personally. It is hard to deal with, but my job is to have press conferences like this and deal with it,” said Michael Emoff, who has been with the Dayton Air Show for 12 years.

During his career he’s built relationships with the performers and the latest news comes as a blow.

“Sadly, we sometimes have an ending like this and it’s very unfortunate,” said Emoff.

With Ohio being known as the birthplace for aviation, Emoff says the entire country looks to Dayton for one of the best air shows in the country. He promises whether the Blue Angels are a part of it or not, the show won’t disappoint.

There have been two fatal plane crashes at the Dayton Air Show. In 2007 one pilot died and in 2013 two performers died.

READ MORE: AP: Pilot killed in U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet crash during Tenn. practice provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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