Air Force Thunderbird F-16 crashes after practice for OH air show

Emergency response personnel rushed to a runway at the Dayton International Airport in OH after a “mishap” involving a fighter jet practicing for an air show.Sergeant Kenneth Cordova was released Friday night. The jet’s pilot, Capt. Erik Gonsalves, has not been released as of Saturday afternoon, according to the Thunderbirds’ Twitter feed.The mishap occurred after the plane landed at Dayton International Airport, Heard said.The world-famous U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are known for their flying performances and precision. The unit has performed at the air show only once since then. Heard said that Cordova had no visible injuries and Gonsalves had some lacerations as well as some injuries to his leg.”Crowd safety and safety of the Thunderbird team are top priority”, Heard said.Both men are receiving medical care at a local hospital but are in good condition, according to Heard. The Thunderbirds say more information will be released when available.Slaybaugh briefed the media with Michael Emhoff, chairman of the United States Air and Trade Show, the entity that puts on the Vectren Dayton Air Show. Excepting a catastrophic plane vs. crowd incident in Reno, Nev., that killed 11 people in 2011, the newspaper reported, most years see between one and three deaths.The Thunderbirds were practicing their aerobatic maneuvers ahead of this weekend’s Dayton Air Show.The Thunderbirds are a popular draw at air shows and events across the globe, and the jets they fly are a well-known and celebrated part of military aircraft history. “Both teammates were extremely courageous during the extraction and we’d like to thank Wright-Patterson Crash and Recovery, Dayton International Fire Rescue, local police, medical personnel and team members on scene for their incredible recovery efforts”.