2017 Thunderbirds Aircraft Mishap Press Releases


June 24, 2017

Update 4:
The United States Air Force Thunderbirds will not fly at the Dayton Air Show on Sunday. We would like to thank our fans and the air show staff for their continuous support.

Capt. Gonsalves has not been released from the hospital. Stay tuned to our social media accounts for more updates.

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June 24, 2017

UPDATE 3:

The F-16D involved in the mishap has been cleared from the scene and the interim safety board is on-going. The decision to continue flying operations is to be determined.

“As the investigation continues our main focus is the well-being of our Airmen, their families and returning to the mission,” said Lt. Col. Jason Heard, Commander/Leader, “Safety is our top priority and we are evaluating our processes and readiness to perform.”

We’ll provide updates as they become available.

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June 23, 2017

UPDATE 2:

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.

The plane sustained damage and the pilot and his passenger, a tactical aircraft maintainer, were taken to a local hospital where they are receiving care and currently in good condition.

More details will be released following an aircraft investigation and safety investigation board.

“Our first priority is taking care of our Thunderbird teammates and ensuring future safety” said Lt. Col. Jason Heard, Thunderbirds Commander/Leader.

Our performance this weekend in the Dayton Air Show is to be determined.

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June 23, 2017

Initial:

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. ‬

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