DAYTON — A U.S. Air Force Thunderbird F-16 has flipped over shortly after landing Friday at the Vectren Dayton Air Show.
According to a witness the plane appeared to flip from a gust of wind while taxiing back to the staging area. The cause of the accident is unknown.
Terry Slaybaugh, Director of Aviation for the City of Dayton, said it too “an inordinate amount of time” to extricate the pilot and a passenger but said both were conscious when transported to the hospital.
“It was complicated,” he said.
Their condition and identity is unknown.
Fire crews from the Dayton International Airport, Vandalia, Butler Township, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base responded to the scene.
Slaybaugh briefed the media with Michael Emhoff, Chairman of the United States Air and Trade Show, the entity which puts on the Vectren Dayton Air Show.
Emhoff said the show will go on as planned but said it is unclear if the Thunderbirds will perform. The Thunderbirds will address the media at 5 p.m.
The Thunderbirds posted the following on Twitter:
“USAF Thunderbirds were conducting a familiarization flight June 23. There was a USAF Thunderbirds were conducting a familiarization flight June 23. There was a mishap upon landing at 12:20 p.m. More info to come.”
We will have more info as available.
Reach Darrell Wacker at (937) 684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.