F-16 Crashes at Dayton Airport

Dayton Thunderbird Crash

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.

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

**UPDATE**

Dayton Airshow is set to fly today!  After investigation of the incident yesterday, we’re looking at open skies filled with marvelous aircraft’s, minus the Thunderbird’s entry show.

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