When Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss began experiencing difficulties with his aircraft as it began approaching an apartment complex, he knew what he had to do.

The Blue Angels pilot refused to eject from his jet so that he could continue flying it away from the buildings.

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Kuss — who had logged more than 1,400 flight hours and served in Afghanistan — was on a practice flight at the time of the crash last Thursday near Smyrna Airport in Tennessee. He’s being hailed a hero for his actions.

His body was flown back to Florida Saturday, where his military jet team is based. People stood in the rain to honor Kuss in Tennessee as the white hearse carrying his remains drove by.

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Kuss leaves behind a wife and two children.

Yolanda R. Arrington is a content editor for Rare. Tweet her @iamyolanda and like her on Facebook.
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