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Thunderbird aircraft mishap at air show

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform the echelon pass in review maneuver during the Wings over Pittsburgh air show May 13, 2017, in Coraopolis, Pa. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason Couillard)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform the echelon pass in review maneuver during the Wings over Pittsburgh air show May 13, 2017, in Coraopolis, Pa. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason Couillard)

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.

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