Colorado highway named in honor of fallen Blue Angels pilot

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New highway signs were installed Monday, May 22 honoring fallen U.S. Navy Blue Angel Pilot Jeff Kuss. / Colorado Department of Transportation

DURANGO, Colo. — New highway signs honoring a Blue Angel pilot who died in a crash before a Tennessee air show were installed Monday.

Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss was honored in his hometown of Durango with memorial signs installed along Highway 3.

Colorado lawmakers passed a resolution earlier this year giving the honorary name to the highway, which once served as the main access road to the city.

U.S. Navy Blue Angels pilot Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, shown in a 2014 file photo. (WKRG file)

Kuss, an Afghanistan veteran, died while preparing for an air show in June 2016 in Smyrna, outside Nashville.

A Navy investigation found that he lost control of his fighter jet because it was traveling too fast, then failed to recover because it was too low for the maneuver.

Additionally, the investigation cited pilot fatigue and cloudy weather as contributing factors to the crash.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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