Bird in Engine Causes $1M in Damage to Blue Angels Jet at Air Show

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, Delta pilots perform the Pitch Up Break maneuver during a practice demonstration for the Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show, April 13, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo/Daniel M. Young)
The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, Delta pilots perform the Pitch Up Break maneuver during a practice demonstration for the Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show, April 13, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo/Daniel M. Young)

VERO BEACH, Fla. — A bird in an engine caused a Blue Angels plane to make an early landing at an air show in Florida.

Vero Beach Air Show spokeswoman Catherin Caddell tells TCPalm.com the incident on Saturday caused $1 million in engine damage to the Blue Angels No. 5 jet.

Caddell says the Navy brought in another FA-18 plane on Sunday and put a "5'' on it so viewers could see a complete show. The six blue and yellow planes then soared over Vero Beach, performing acrobatic skills for the crowd below.

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