US Air Force Thunderbird crashes at Dayton Air Show

A Thunderbird F16 Fighting Falcon, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., performs flight maneuvers at March Air Reserve Base, Calif.A military jet in the Air Force Thunderbird demonstration squadron apparently practicing for an upcoming OH air show has been involved in an accident, authorities said.Both pilots were extricated from the plane and no injuries were reported, according to Dayton Daily News.A Thunderbirds statement said the fighter jet was conducting a “single-ship familiarization” when it had the “mishap”.”Our first priority is taking care of our Thunderbird teammates and ensuring future safety”, said Lt. Col. Jason Heard, Thunderbirds Commander/Leader. The nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base dispatched a rescue crew to the scene. Capt. Gonsalves has approximately 1,600 hours of flight time.The Dayton Daily News reports that the two-seat Thunderbird landed and was taxiing down the runway when a gust of wind flipped the aircraft on its top.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 said it remains to be seen whether they’ll participate.According to USAFA, the F-16 sustained some damage, and the pilot of Thunderbird No. 8, Captain Erik Gonsalves and his passenger, Tech.