Thunderbird aircraft mishap at air show
/ Published June 23, 2017
WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The United States Air Force Thunderbirds were conducting a single-ship familiarization flight on June 23, 2017. Upon landing there was a mishap at the Dayton International Airport with an F-16D Fighting Falcon at approximately 12:20 p.m.
The plane sustained damage and the pilot and his passenger, a tactical aircraft maintainer, were taken to a local hospital where they received care.
The F-16D involved in the mishap has been cleared from the scene and the interim safety board is on-going.
“Our first priority is taking care of our Thunderbird teammates and ensuring future safety,” said Lt. Col. Jason Heard, the Thunderbirds commander/leader.
The Thunderbirds did not fly in the Dayton Air Show.