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Air Force Thunderbird flips on landing in Ohio

27 June 2017

The Dayton Daily News reports ( ) Technical Sgt. Kenneth Cordova was released Friday night. The jet's pilot, Captain Erik Gonsalves, had not been released as of Saturday afternoon, according to the Thunderbirds' Twitter feed.

However, the Thunderbirds have elected to cancel Saturday's 3:10 p.m. EDT performance, and will decide later regarding Sunday's show.

"Our first priority is taking care of our Thunderbird teammates and ensuring future safety" said Thunderbirds commander Lt. Col. Jason Heard.

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In 2013, a stunt performer and pilot were killed during the air show when their aircraft crashed during a public demonstration.

Heard said that Cordova had no visible injuries and Gonsalves had some lacerations as well as some injuries to his leg.

Though they weren't badly hurt, an airport official said both men were stuck inside the overturned jet for "an inordinate amount of time".

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USAF Thunderbirds were conducting a familiarization flight June 23.

Various news outlets report that the F-16 was landing when a gust of wind flipped it over. How exactly the accident happened, and whether the heavy rain that blanketed the region most of the day played a role, will be determined by an accident investigation board. Festival organizers are all systems go until they hear from the Thunderbirds team, said Executive Director Kat Paye.

The air show is estimated to bring in $2.6M into the region's economy annually.

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Air Force Thunderbird flips on landing in Ohio