Thunderbird F-16 Flips at Dayton Airshow

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Thunderbird F-16 Flips at Dayton Airshow

Post by Airshow4444 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:23 pm

FROM THE AIRSHOWSTUFF STAFF:

AirshowStuff has learned than an F-16 belonging to the USAF Thunderbirds has been involved in an incident at the Dayton Air Show in Dayton, OH.

According to eyewitnesses, the incident occurred after the F-16 landed and was taxiing. The plane went off the runway and is currently in the grass.

Law enforcement in the Daytona area are confirming that a Thunderbirds jet is “on it’s top.”

No initial reports of injuries were available.

This picture, posted by Dayton Daily News shows emergency crews responding to the incident scene.



There was heavy rain and wind in the area at the time of the incident.

AirshowStuff will update this article as more details are learned.
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Post by Airshow4444 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:24 pm

Radar and weather station reports shows bad visibility and heavy rain at the time of the incident.
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Post by Dan Gagnon » Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:33 pm

Here is a link to the Journal-News, with updated timeline of the situation

http://www.journal-news.com/news/thunde ... 71YW9P2HJ/

Amazing what a gust of wind can do. Glad the pilot is ok.
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Post by Airshow4444 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:35 pm

Live video coverage:
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Post by Airshow4444 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:39 pm

We're unsure which pilot is involved at this time. It seems likely that it is Thunderbird #7. Reports of 2 people on-board lead me to believe it was a media/VIP flight, but that is unconfirmed.

Response crews are using a front loader to lift the aircraft.
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Post by RyanS » Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:39 pm

Being on a Friday, this was probably a media ride I would think. Hell of an experience for that passenger. If it tipped on taxi I have high hopes for everyone being fine.
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Post by Airshow4444 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:51 pm

1:50 eastern- a news conference will be held shortly. We'll post anything we learn.
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Post by Airshow4444 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:11 pm

According to WHIO and scanner audio, one pilot is being transported to the hospital. Left the airport around 2pm and should arrive shortly.
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Post by Airshow4444 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:15 pm

Staff Sgt. Tabatha McCarthy with the Air Force Thunderbirds public relations office says There was a "mishap" while a plane was on the ground. She had no other information.
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