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Air show attendance down after Air Force Thunderbirds cancel

28 June 2017

Authorities say an Air Force Thunderbirds jet preparing for an air show was involved in an accident on Friday, June 23, 2017 at Dayton International Airport in Ohio.

The F-16 Thunderbirds were participating in a familiarization and training exercise in preparation for the Dayton Air Show this weekend.

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A U.S. Air Force pilot and tactical maintenance worker were hospitalized Friday after a fighter jet crashed at an airport in central OH, military officials said.

Thunderbird No. 8 advance pilot Capt. Erik Gonsalves is still in the hospital but in good condition, the release said.

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Featured image of an Air Force Thunderbird F-16 by U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. But, it was a few minutes later when they started feeling pain, and been rushed to a nearby hospital, though the status of the pilots is now unknown, and also the physical damages that occurred after the runway incident.

By the time the rescue team reached the scene, those two pilots were still inside the cockpit, and they were conscious and didn't show any sign of physical injuries or other damages.

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Officials say the military will conduct the investigation into what happened last Friday before the air show. Organizers estimated 51 thousand people attended previous year, despite cancellation by the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels after one of their pilots was killed practicing for an air show in Tennessee.

Air show attendance down after Air Force Thunderbirds cancel