Apr. 23 -- After a fatal crash over the weekend, the Navy Blue Angels are considering whether to cancel their May 5-6 air show at Offutt Air Force Base, a Navy spokeswoman said today.
The flight team already canceled practices this week and a scheduled appearance in Georgia this weekend, Petty Officer Leah Smith said.
The team should decide later this week whether to go on with the performance at Offutt, Smith said.
Lt. Cmdr. Kevin J. Davis, 32, a decorated pilot who joined the Blue Angels in 2005, was killed when his plane went down Saturday during a performance at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina.
The Blue Angels, known for precision acrobatic routines in F/A-18 Hornets, are scheduled to headline Offutt's "Defenders of Freedom" air show.
Offutt was unable to host an air show last year while its runways underwent a $19 million repair project.
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