Thunderbird F-16 Flips at Dayton Airshow

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Re: Thunderbird F-16 Flips at Dayton Airshow

Post by Airshow4444 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:19 pm

From a Facebook comment on our Facebook page:
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Post by Airshow4444 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:22 pm

2:22pm- Careflight Ambulance has arrived at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
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Post by Airshow4444 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:28 pm

Incident occurred on a familiarization flight.



Reports say the second passenger (perhaps a pilot) who was in the jet is out.
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Post by Airshow4444 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:30 pm

New pic shared to WHIO by Shaun Music

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Post by Airshow4444 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:53 pm

The mishap scene has been secured with caution/police tape. Both occupants are out.
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Post by Airshow4444 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:12 pm

Official word from the USAF. No new info.

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Post by Airshow4444 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:15 pm

Comments from the Secretary of the USAF:
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Post by Airshow4444 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:22 pm

One of the occupants arriving at the hospital.
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Post by Airshow4444 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:38 pm

Comments from the Blue Angels. Class acts.

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Post by Airshow4444 » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:04 pm

Airshow/Airport Officials Press Conference just wrapped up. Here's what was said:

- Accident occurred at approximately 12:30.
- Involved two members of the USAF Thunderbirds team
- Airport fire department responded to the accident along with a number of personal from the City of Dayton/other fire officials.
- Took an long amount of time to remove occupants and transport to Miami Valley Hospital
- After consulting with airport staff and other officials, the airshow WILL go on.
- Unsure if the USAF Thunderbirds will participate.
- Thunderbirds Press Conference at 5pm

Media Questions:
- Injuries: Unable to answer questions about injuries. Thunderbirds will inform at 5pm.
- In reference to time it took to get occupants out: With it being a military aircraft, it complicated rescue. Wright Patterson AFB officials and USAF Thunderbirds officials were on site.
- 4 hours of flying, with Thunderbirds demo. 3 hours without Thunderbirds.
- Schedule changes may occur if the Thunderbirds don't fly, with other acts getting more time.
- Flying would start on time, regardless of change of acts.
- Both occupants were conscious and talking when transported.
- Fire trucks were positioned in staging areas when incident occurred. Response time was very short.
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Officials still say the "crash site is active. Taking the military's lead and Thunderbird's lead on what will happen to the aircraft."

The Commander of the USAF Thunderbirds, Thunderbird #1 will talk to media at 5pm.
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