United States Air Force Thunderbirds aircraft crashed early Wednesday at Nellis Air Force, Nevada Test and Training Range during a training flight. In the accident, the pilot died tragically.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – A U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilot was killed when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed over the Nevada Test and Training Range today at approximately 10:30 a.m. during a routine aerial demonstration training flight. The identity of the pilot is being withheld for 24-hours pending next of kin notification. An investigation is being conducted into the cause of the mishap.

The team’s participation at the March Air Reserve Base “The March Field Air & Space Expo” has been cancelled. It is unknown how this accident will impact the remainder of the 2018 Thunderbirds Season.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Source: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Official Facebook

Thunderbirds lots two aircrafts in the last two years, fortunately, there was no death: in 2016 when Thunderbirds F-16 crashed following a flyover at the U.S. Air Force Academy commencement ceremony, and in 2017 during the Dayton Air Show, when a two seater F-16 of the team jet evidently skidded off a runway and ended up on its top.

More informations will be added continuously.

UPDATE: 21:10

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Slot Pilot Thunderbird 4, Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, was killed when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed over the Nevada Test and Training Range April 4, 2018 at approximately 10:30 a.m. during a routine aerial demonstration training flight.

“We are mourning the loss of Major Del Bagno,” said Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander. “He was an integral part of our team and our hearts are heavy with his loss. We ask everyone to provide his family and friends the space to heal during this difficult time.”

An investigation is being conducted into the cause of the mishap.

The team’s participation at the March Air Reserve Base “The March Field Air & Space Expo” has been cancelled. It is unknown how this accident will impact the remainder of the 2018 Thunderbirds Season.

Source: nellis.af.mil

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