Accident reported involving military plane at Ohio air show


A military aircraft crashed while landing at Dayton International Airport early Friday afternoon, landing upside-down off the runway.

The pilot has reportedly been safely removed from the plane and gave a "thumbs up" to medics as he was taken away.

The pilot of the jet is Capt. Erik Gonsalves, who serves as the team's airshow narrator and advance pilot. The pilot suffered injuries that are not life-threatening.

"Crowd safety and the safety of our teammates is always our priority", he said.

A Thunderbird F-16 was involved in an incident Friday while practicing for an OH air show, according to multiple reports. We will stay on the story and let you know more about the cause of the crash as the investigation unfolds.

Heard, when asked whether the rain and winds played a factor, declined to comment.

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"We have a very, very good safety record", Heard said, though he acknowledged this was not the first crash in Thunderbirds history.

The Wright Patterson Air Force Base said its firefighters responded alongside the airport's fire and rescue team.

"It was a tremendous effort", said Heard.

The Daily News is reporting that both occupants have been able to exit the F-16's wreckage; their conditions are unknown.

The Dayton Daily News and WHIO-TV are reporting that the plane landed upside down near a runway.

Organizers of the air show say it will go on as planned Saturday and Sunday, but the Thunderbirds have decided not to fly in Saturday's show. She had no other information.