Military jet practicing for Ohio air show in accident

Pauline Gross
June 26, 2017

In 2013, a stunt performer and pilot were killed during the air show when their aircraft crashed during a public demonstration. Sgt. Kenneth Cordova was released Friday night.

Authorities say a military jet apparently practicing for an OH air show has been involved in an accident.

In June 2016, an Air Force Thunderbird pilot experienced a malfunction in his throttle control during a fly over for the Air Force Academy graduation.

"Upon landing there was a mishap at the Dayton International Airport with an F-16D Fighting Falcon at approximately 12:20 p.m", they added.

Both men are receiving medical care at a local hospital but are in good condition, according to Heard.

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The Dayton Daily News reports that the accident involved a Thunderbird F-16.

The pilot and his passenger, a tactical aircraft maintainer, were taken to a hospital for treatment. Earlier reports suggested a gust of wind was to blame.

We will update this story once a decision has been reached on Sunday's performance or any other information becomes available.

One of the two on board was South Florida native Capt. Erik Gonsalves, who was piloting the plane. Heard said that Cordova had no visible injuries and Gonsalves had some lacerations as well as some injuries to his leg.

The Thunderbirds were to headline the Vectren Dayton Air Show in June 2013, but the Air Force grounded the unit because of funding cuts related to sequestration. Turner managed to put the $29 million jet on course to crash-land in an unoccupied field. More info to come.

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