DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Officials spoke with reporters Friday about the Thunderbirds jet that crashed at the end of the runway.A plane is on its top at the Dayton International Airport.
Little was said about the accident itself but officials made it clear the show will go on. It is not yet known if the Thunderbirds will perform. Chairman of the US Air and Trade ShowVectren Dayton Air Show Mike Imhoff said the Thunderbird team will determine if they fly or not, and any information about the two people on board, including any injuries that may have been sustained.
Representatives from the Thunderbirds are expected to hold a news conference of their own Friday around 5:00 pm.
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds posted information on their Facebook page. In the post, they say the F-16D suffered damage and the pilot and a passenger, a tactical aircraft maintainer, are receiving care and are in good condition.
“Our first priority is taking care of our Thunderbird teammates and ensuring future safety” said Lt. Col. Jason Heard, Thunderbirds Commander/Leader.
A plane is on its top at the Dayton International Airport.
The incident happened shortly before 12:30 pm at the Dayton International Airport where aircraft and crews are practicing for the Vectren Dayton Air Show.
The Thunderbirds posted a statement on Twitter about the incident:
Montgomery County dispatchers tell 2 NEWS a plane has run off the end of the runway and is now upside down.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base sent a crash team and heavy rescue crew to the scene.
No injuries have been reported but 2 NEWS crews saw a man being taken into Miami Valley Hospital by medics from Butler Township.
The City of Dayton released a statement Friday:
The City of Dayton is confirming an aircraft accident involving one of the acts scheduled to appear at the Vectren Dayton Airshow this weekend. There were 2 people on board. Airport Fire and Rescue are providing assistance at the scene. The airport is open.