Army Golden Knights team cancels performance at KC Air Show after fatal accident in Chicago

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Golden Knights Parachute Team announced it will not perform at the KC Air Show on August 22 and 23, after one of two parachutists involved in a mid-air collision at a Chicago Air Show died.

Army Sergeant First Class Corey Hood, 32, was fatally injured Saturday morning, about half an hour after the show betan.

Hood and Holland

Hood and Holland

He and another parachutists were performing a popular stunt called the "Bomb Burst" which involves circling around each other amid red smoke.

Golden Knights

Golden Knights

Instead, they collided and plummeted to the ground.

Sgt. Hood hit a building as he was falling, while the other parachutist broke his leg and was released from the hospital Sunday.

Both groups normally involved in the air stunts, the Army Golden Knights and the Navy Leap Frogs, canceled Sunday's performances.

"Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of Seargeant First Class Corey Hood and the entire Golden Knights community," said Kansas City Airshow Director Ed Noyallis.

Noyallis said the Golden Knights will continue their 'safety stand down' and will not be a part of the KC Airshow.

"Our show will continue as planned, headlined by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. We will continue to do everything in our power to make sure performers and spectators experience a safe, enjoyable, world-class show", Noyallis said.  "The airshow community is very close-knit and our strength and support will be with all of those affected at this difficult time," Noyallis said.

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