Thunderbirds F-16 Flips On Landing (Updated and Corrected)

Angie Massey
June 26, 2017

A Thunderbirds Air Force jet went off a runway and overturned Friday during preparations for an OH air show, injuring the pilot and causing a performance to be canceled.

The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2t6puT1 ) Technical Sgt. Kenneth Cordova was released Friday night.

The Thunderbirds said in the statement that their performance this weekend at the Dayton Air Show is to be determined.

"Our first priority is taking care of our Thunderbird teammates and ensuring future safety" said Thunderbirds commander Lt. Col. Jason Heard. The jet that crashed upon landing was not scheduled to perform at the show.

The Wright Patterson Air Force Base said its firefighters responded alongside the airport's fire and rescue team.

Gonsalves suffered some cuts and a leg injury but they are not considered life threatening. The aircraft involved is not a show plane and Gonsalves is the narrator and not one of the show pilots. Both were in good condition Friday after being treated at a hospital.

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Heard pointed out that all weather conditions met Air Force requirements for flight and that Gonsalves is an experienced fighter pilot, with approximately 1,600 flight hours, in addition to considerable combat experience.

The cause of the accident will be investigated by an aircraft and safety investigation board, according to Heard.

And sure enough, nothing happened to the F-16 while it was in the air.

Emhoff said the show will go on as planned Saturday minus the Thunderbirds.

Officials have confirmed a Thunderbird F-16 jet flipped on its top after it was hit by a gust of wind while it was taxiing, according to the Dayton Daily News.

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