A big shake-up was announced Friday involving one of Seattle's most popular summer shows – the Seafair Blue Angels.
The commanding officer of the Blue Angels has been relieved of his duties over a safety issue. This involves a maneuver at the Lynchburg Regional Air Show in Virginia last weekend where a plane flew lower than normal.
Commander Dave Koss apparently volunteered to step down, saying that the low altitude was unacceptable.
"I performed a maneuver that had an unacceptably low minimum altitude," said Koss. "This maneuver, combined with other instances of not meeting the airborne standard that makes the Blue Angels the exceptional organization that it is, led to my decision to step down."
Koss will be replaced by the previous Blue Angels' commanding officer for the rest of the season.
Due to the shakeup, the Blue Angels' scheduled performances at the Rockford Airfest June 4-5 and the Evansville Freedom Festival Air Show June 11-12 have been cancelled. No word if the Seafair Blue Angels show will be affected. Any potential changes to future scheduled shows will be announced at a later date.
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