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The US Air Force Thunderbirds will not fly at the Dayton Air Show after an earlier crash

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Every year, Dayton, Ohio, draws thousands of spectators to celebrate all things aviation at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. But this year, some may be left disappointed. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds were forced to cancel their Saturday and Sunday air performances after two operators had crashed their F-16 jet on Friday during a practice run, affiliate Fox 45 reported. 

Technical Sgt. Kenneth Cordov was released from the hospital Friday night, but Capt. Erik Gonsalves, remains hospitalized. 

The US Air Force Thunderbirds will not fly at the Dayton Air Show after an earlier crash

Authorities, however, reported that the two were in good condition after the Friday afternoon incident at Dayton International Airport.

The incident unraveled just before 12:30 p.m. when the F-16 was coming in for a landing and flipped onto its top.  


The plane was hauled away Saturday morning--just hours before the Vectren Dayton Air Show began. 

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The F-16D that crashed on its top Friday, June 23, 2017, is hauled away just before gates to the Vectren Dayton Air Show opened Saturday. (Josh Vaughn Photography)

The F-16D that crashed on its top Friday, June 23, 2017, is hauled away just before gates to the Vectren Dayton Air Show opened Saturday. (Josh Vaughn Photography)

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The F-16D that crashed on its top Friday, June 23, 2017, is hauled away just before gates to the Vectren Dayton Air Show opened Saturday. (Josh Vaughn Photography)

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