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Thunderbird F-16D flips on its top at Dayton Air Show * UPDATED Featured

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One of the F-16D Fighting Falcon of the USAF Tunderbirds display team has flips on it's top after landing in bad weather conditions at the Dayton Airshow today... 

UPDATE - 12:00PM - CET (24th of June)

According to Whio.com, "Capt. Erik Gonsalves was the pilot. The passenger was Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cordova. The injuries are non life-threatening. The man in the back seat had no visible injuries."

USAF Thunderbirds posted on its Facebook site, that "The plane sustained damage and the pilot and his passenger, a tactical aircraft maintainer, were taken to a local hospital. The pilot and passenger are receiving care and currently in good condition."

UPDATE - 20:56PM - CET (23rd of June)

From USAF Thunderbirds official Facebook page: "The United States Air Force Thunderbirds were conducting a single-ship familiarization flight on Friday June 23, 2017. Upon landing there was a mishap at the Dayton International Airport with an F-16D Fighting Falcon at approximately 12:20 p.m. Emergency services are on the scene. We will provide more information as it becomes available.”



UPDATE - 20:42PM - CET (23rd of June)

According to the American news portal www.whio.co,:

"Wright-Patterson Air Force Base first responders have responded to Thunderbird jet crash at Dayton International Airport, according to base spokeswoman Marie Vanover.

Dayton Daily News photographer Ty Greenlees is on the scene. He reports photographer Ricardo von Puttkammer told him he saw the two-seat Thunderbird land and taxi toward the staging area when it appeared that a gust of wind flipped the F-16 on its top. There are reports of possible entrapment. The injured pilot is to go with CareFlight crew to the hospital, according to emergency scanner traffic.

One pilot has reportedly been extricated and crews are working to extricate a second pilot.

The medical helicopter was unable to fly. A CareFlight ground unit is on the way to the air show."


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