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Thunderbirds Aircraft Mishap

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                                                                                                                                                Release No. 2

                                                                                                                     Date: 2018-04-04



Thunderbirds Aircraft Mishap


NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – A U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilot was killed when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed over the Nevada Test and Training Range today at approximately 10:30 a.m. during a routine aerial demonstration training flight. The identity of the pilot is being withheld for 24-hours pending next of kin notification. An investigation is being conducted into the cause of the mishap.


The team’s participation at the March Air Reserve Base “The March Field Air & Space Expo” has been cancelled.  It is unknown how this accident will impact the remainder of the 2018 Thunderbirds Season.


More information will be provided as it becomes available.