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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A jet fighter flown by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration team crashed on Saturday in South Carolina eyewitnesses said.

There was no word on the fate of the pilot.

The show in Beaufort, South Carolina was attended by thousands of spectators.

"They were doing maneuvers and generally when the planes loop around they cross the runway and then turn around and basically when they turned around we saw a cloud of black smoke," said Brett Hindshaw, a South African who was visiting Beaufort for the air show.

"We started counting and we saw five aircraft. Four of them landed but the lead pilot circled over the accident sight and then one or two military helicopters took off and went in that direction," he told Reuters by telephone.

"Then all the ambulances and military fire trucks stationed along the runway took off."

Witnesses said one of the six Blue Angels jets disappeared as the planes flew low in close formation behind a grove of trees.

One witness, Fred Yelinek, told CNN the jet went down in a high-density residential area and debris hit at least one house and cars, but there was no sign of injuries to people on the ground. He said there was a "huge fireball" at the crash site.

"It's behind the tree line behind the naval air station, away from the ocean," said Hindshaw. "We can hear sirens in the distance, fire trucks and stuff beyond the trees."

The Blue Angels, based in Pensacola, Florida, fly Boeing F/A-18 Hornets
 

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A jet flying in formation with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels precision flying team crashed Saturday during an air show near Beaufort, South Carolina, authorities said.

The Beaufort County coroner's office told CNN there is one confirmed fatality.

There had been indications the pilot may have survived the crash. "I was told [the pilot] was alive, but I can't confirm that," a South Carolina state trooper speaking on condition of anonymity told CNN.

There were conflicting reports about the crash site.

According to a reporter from a local television station, the plane crashed into some homes, setting them on fire.

However, the state trooper said the crash is said to "not be around any houses." He said the highway patrol was helping the Marine Corps Air Station, which was hosting the show, by rerouting traffic in the area "so they can get the pilot out."

Several hospitals said they had received no casualties.

Eyewitness Gerald Popp said the six jets had been flying for about five minutes before one of them turned south, toward the Broad River.

"I saw him go down lower than the trees, and next I saw a big black cloud of smoke," said Popp, who lives in Beaufort.

CNN meteorologists said the weather in Beaufort, which is near Savannah, was clear today.

The last crash involving the Blue Angels was in 1999 in south Georgia. Two pilots were killed when their F/A-18 jet crashed while trying to land during a training flight.
 

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Thats pretty big news here, we are two hours from Beaufort, plus my dad being in the Air Force.
 
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