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South Florida Air Force Pilot Injured In 'Mishap' During Air Show Practice

25 June 2017

A U.S. Air Force pilot and tactical maintenance worker were hospitalized Friday after a fighter jet crashed at an airport in central OH, military officials said.

The passenger, Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cordova, was also taken to Miami Valley Hospital. It's unclear if the jet's pilot, Capt. Erik Gonsalves, has been released.

A military jet is attended to after flipping over Friday at Dayton International Airport in Ohio.

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The Thunderbirds did not perform Saturday, and the air crew posted on Twitter late Saturday afternoon it would not perform Sunday.

"Our first priority is taking care of our Thunderbird teammates and ensuring future safety" said Lt. Col. Jason Heard, Thunderbirds Commander/Leader.

He says the pilot suffered some lacerations and injuries to his leg and the other team member had no visible injuries. Both were in good condition Friday after being treated at a hospital. Gonsalves and Cordova had approximately 1,600 hours of flight experience. Dayton officials said two people were on board the plane.

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The Wright Patterson Air Force Base said its firefighters responded alongside the airport's fire and rescue team. The Thunderbirds say more information will be released when available.

A decision on whether to go forward with plans for the show in Dayton on Saturday has not been made. "It is better to wait for the full facts of the investigative board". Aviation Photojournal (contributed photo) A United States Air Force Thunderbird lies on its top moments after an incident at the Dayton International Airport which caused the aircraft to flip.

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