Accident reported involving military plane at Ohio air show

A Thunderbird F-16 military jet crashed and flipped over at Dayton International Airport Friday afternoon around 12:20 p.m. during a practice for a weekend air show.

The Sheriff's Office said two occupants were reportedly still inside the aircraft on the runway.

A Thunderbird F16 Fighting Falcon, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., performs flight maneuvers at March Air Reserve Base, Calif.

"Our first priority is taking care of our Thunderbird teammates and ensuring future safety", said Heard.

The accident happened just after 12:30 p.m. when the plane returned to Dayton International Airport from what the Thunderbirds described as a familiarization flight.

"The pilot and passenger are receiving care and now in good condition", says the 1:37 p.m. update. The pilot, Capt. Kenneth Gonsalves, and Sgt. Kenneth Cordova, a maintenance tech, suffered minor injuries.

Various news outlets report that the F-16 was landing when a gust of wind flipped it over.

The cause of the accident will be investigated by an aircraft and safety investigation board, according to Heard. Festival organizers are all systems go until they hear from the Thunderbirds team, said Executive Director Kat Paye.

The Thunderbirds will not fly Saturday, according to WDTN.

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

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