Thunderbird aircraft mishap at air show

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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.