Earlier in the afternoon in Dayton, Ohio, a F-16 Thunderbird crashed and flipped while attempting to land after practicing for an air show in heavy fog. Officials state that the F-16 had flipped while taxiing after a strong gust had hit the jet. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds confirmed that crew members were conducting a “Familiarization flight” and that there were issues upon landing.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Penelope Reed stated that Write-Patterson Air Force Base had dispatched a heavy rescue team at the time of the incident to retrieve the two people aboard the aircraft.
USAF Thunderbirds were conducting a familiarization flight June 23. There was a mishap upon landing at 12:20 p.m. More info to come.
— Thunderbirds (@AFThunderbirds) June 23, 2017
The United States Thunderbirds have also tweeted that the crew of the F-16 are safe and in good condition at a local hospital. At the time being, officials are still determining if there will be an air show on Saturday or not, this decision will be made following an aircraft & safety investigation.
The crew of this F-16 are Captain Erik Gonsalves and the co-pilot was Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cordova