USAF THUNDERBIRDS F-16 FIGHTER JET CRASHES, PILOT KILLED

It marks the third accident of U.S. military aircraft within 2 days.

USAF Thunderbirds F-16 crash Nellis
USAF Thunderbirds F-16 fighter jet crashes, pilot killed.

April 4, 2017 - A U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds 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 pilot was killed. 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.

The accident confirms an alarming statistic: it is the third crash in three consecutive years for the USAF's premier jet demonstration team.

It also marks the third crash of a U.S. military aircraft over the last 2 days. On April 3 a Marine Corps CH-53E helicopter crashed during exercises along the U.S.-Mexico border in California, killing four crew members.

On the same day, a Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier jet crashed in the East African nation of Djibouti during a training exercise. The pilot ejected and is currently in "stable condition."

Written by Matteo Sanzani


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