Thunderbird accident, Dayton

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Unread post24 Jun 2017, 03:03

Ended up on its back off the side of the runway. No injuries luckily. ... l-airport/


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Unread post24 Jun 2017, 04:07 ... irds-crash

Thunderbirds on board flipped plane at Dayton airport identified, in 'good' condition
by Gabi Warwick, WKEF/WRGT

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The Air Force has identified the pilot and passenger who were on board when an F-16 jet flipped onto its top at Dayton International Airport Friday. Capt. Erik Gonsalves is an advanced pilot and narrator with the Thunderbirds. It was his first season with the team but he's logged more than 1,600 flight hours as an Air Force pilot, including more than 500 hours of combat experience.

He reportedly served as an A-10C flight evaluator and the chief of standardization and evaluation for the 75th Fighter Squadron before joining the Thunderbirds. Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cordova was on board to serve as a tactical aircraft manager, and his responsibilities include keeping up the maintenance on the aircraft and making sure it's properly serviced.
Crews were able to remove Gonsalves from the aircraft after 90 minutes, and they got Cordova out 20 minutes later.
Both men were reportedly alert and conscious when they were taken to Miami Valley Hospital from the scene, and were described as being in "good condition."

The Thunderbirds announced they will not fly in the Vectren Dayton Air Show Saturday and are set to evaluate for Sunday.

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