Golden Knights cancel performance at Kansas City Airshow

The U.S. Army’s parachute team the Golden Knights has canceled its performance at the Kansas City Air Show after one of its skydivers died following a jumping accident at the Chicago Air & Water Show over the weekend, the director of the Kansas City show said.

The Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy’s Leap Frogs have initiated a safety stand-down after the death of Sgt. 1st Class Corey Hood, who collided with another jumper Saturday and was knocked unconscious. He smashed into a high-rise apartment on the way down. Hood died from his injuries on Sunday.

“We have been doing air shows for 20 years, and they have been there every year,” Ed Noyallis, director of the Kansas City Airshow, said of the Golden Knights. “This will be the first time they haven’t been here. We have gotten to know them personally, so this is a sad thing for us.”

Show organizers will do something special to honor Hood and the Golden Knights at this weekend’s show, Noyallis said. Plans haven’t been finalized, but there probably will be a moment of silence at the beginning of the show, he said.

The Kansas City Airshow will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Wheeler Downtown Airport. The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels show is one of the main attractions.

General admission purchased at the gate costs $20 for adults. Ages 12 and under are free. To purchase tickets online and for information on other ticket options, go to http://www.kcairshow.com/#!form/c115t.

For more information about the show and its performers, see its website at http://www.kcairshow.com.

Reach Robert A. Cronkleton at 816-234-4261 or bcronkleton@kcstar.com.