Tech sergeant released from hospital after air show accident
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 16:58
Emergency crews were on scene at Ohio's Dayton International Airport on Friday afternoon after reports that a military jet ran off the runway and flipped over during a practice for an air show.
Lt. Col. Jason Heard, who leads the Air Force's aerial acrobatics team, said the jet skidded about 300 feet off the end of the runway, and that he could not recall another incident quite like it in the Thunderbirds' 64-year history.
The airport director says the occupants were conscious when taken to a hospital, but any information on their condition would come from the Thunderbirds.
Two pilots were trapped inside the plane.
Officials say the plane sustained damage and "more details will be released following an aircraft investigation and safety investigation board".
Dayton's annual air show begins Saturday. "It is better to wait for the full facts of the investigative board". Wright-Patterson Air Force Base dispatched a crash team and heavy rescue crew. They later canceled Sunday's performance as well.
"All pilots, especially Air Force pilots are highly qualified and trained to make these types of decisions".
The U.S. Air Force confirmed an F-16 Fighting Falcon was involved in a "mishap" upon landing at the airport at about 12:20 p.m. ET.
Air show pilots, as Thomas Gibbons-Neff wrote for The Washington Post, are typically among the best in the military.