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Thunderbirds Pilot Injured in Air Show Accident is From Fort Lauderdale

Capt. Erik Gonsalves suffered some cuts and injuries to his leg but the injuries are non-life threatening

A Thunderbirds Air Force jet went off a runway while preparing for an Ohio air show, and authorities say an Air Force pilot from Fort Lauderdale was one of two injured.

Capt. Erik Gonsalves suffered some cuts and injuries to his leg but the injuries are non-life threatening.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office received a report around 12:30 p.m. Friday of a jet off the end of a runway and on its top at the Dayton International Airport. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base dispatched crash and rescue crews.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds posted information on their Facebook page, saying 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.

The passenger, Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cordova, was also taken to Miami Valley Hospital. He is listed in good condition.

A Thunderbirds statement said the F-16D Fighting Falcon was conducting a ``single-ship familiarization'' when it had the ``mishap.'' The Thunderbirds say more information will be released when available.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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