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  • Throttle malfunction related to maintenance blamed for Thunderbirds crash

    Throttle malfunction related to maintenance blamed for Thunderbirds crash

    Wednesday, December 14 2016 1:28 PM EST2016-12-14 18:28:29 GMT

    COLORADO SPRINGS - Lax maintenance procedures are being blamed for the June 2nd crash of a Thunderbirds F-16C during the Air Force Academy's commencement.  

    COLORADO SPRINGS - Lax maintenance procedures are being blamed for the June 2nd crash of a Thunderbirds F-16C during the Air Force Academy's commencement.  

  • Air traffic audio from Thunderbird crash released

    Air traffic audio from Thunderbird crash released

    Tuesday, July 26 2016 6:01 PM EDT2016-07-26 22:01:47 GMT

    The Federal Aviation Administration Tuesday released air traffic transmissions related to the crash of an Air Force Thunderbird jet on June 2. Thunderbird #6, piloted by Maj. Alex Turner, crashed in a field about 5 miles south of Peterson Air Force base after completing an aerial acrobatic routine over the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony, where President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address.  Maj. Turner radioed that he was experiencing engine trouble on descent...

    The Federal Aviation Administration Tuesday released air traffic transmissions related to the crash of an Air Force Thunderbird jet on June 2. Thunderbird #6, piloted by Maj. Alex Turner, crashed in a field about 5 miles south of Peterson Air Force base after completing an aerial acrobatic routine over the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony, where President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address.  Maj. Turner radioed that he was experiencing engine trouble on descent...

  • Thunderbird moved from Colorado Springs crash site

    Thunderbird moved from Colorado Springs crash site

    Wednesday, June 8 2016 3:55 AM EDT2016-06-08 07:55:41 GMT

    The $25 million aircraft will be stored at a hangar on Peterson Air Force Base where investigators will carefully go over it.   

    The $25 million aircraft will be stored at a hangar on Peterson Air Force Base where investigators will carefully go over it.   

  • Thunderbird crash 911 calls released

    Thunderbird crash 911 calls released

    Tuesday, June 7 2016 7:25 PM EDT2016-06-07 23:25:45 GMT

    Dozens of people witnessed the Thunderbird 6 go down in a field on Thursday after the team's performance at the Air Force Academy graduation. Dispatchers were flooded with 911 calls about the crash.  "We just witnessed a pilot eject from the fighter jet," one caller told call takers. Many people that called to report the crash saw the pilot eject just before the plane hit the ground.  

    Dozens of people witnessed the Thunderbird 6 go down in a field on Thursday after the team's performance at the Air Force Academy graduation. Dispatchers were flooded with 911 calls about the crash.  "We just witnessed a pilot eject from the fighter jet," one caller told call takers. Many people that called to report the crash saw the pilot eject just before the plane hit the ground.  

  • Thunderbird moved from Colorado Springs crash site

    Thunderbird moved from Colorado Springs crash site

    Tuesday, June 7 2016 5:34 PM EDT2016-06-07 21:34:10 GMT

    A Thunderbirds jet that crashed in Colorado Springs after flying over the Air Force Academy's commencement ceremony has been removed.

    A Thunderbirds jet that crashed in Colorado Springs after flying over the Air Force Academy's commencement ceremony has been removed.

  • Investigation moves forward in Thunderbird crash

    Investigation moves forward in Thunderbird crash

    Friday, June 3 2016 12:46 AM EDT2016-06-03 04:46:54 GMT

    Thursday's Air Force Academy graduation ceremony took an unexpected turn after an Air Force Thunderbird crashed as it was headed back to Peterson Air Force Base. The F16 jet was on final approach, wheels down, when the pilot reported something went wrong.  The pilot, Major Alex Turner, was able to guide the plane away from neighborhoods and eject safely as it went down into a field off of Fontaine near Powers Blvd just five miles south of the airport. 

    Thursday's Air Force Academy graduation ceremony took an unexpected turn after an Air Force Thunderbird crashed as it was headed back to Peterson Air Force Base. The F16 jet was on final approach, wheels down, when the pilot reported something went wrong.  The pilot, Major Alex Turner, was able to guide the plane away from neighborhoods and eject safely as it went down into a field off of Fontaine near Powers Blvd just five miles south of the airport. 

  • Officials: Thunderbird pilot maneuvered to avoid crashing into homes

    Officials: Thunderbird pilot maneuvered to avoid crashing into homes

    Thursday, June 2 2016 6:09 PM EDT2016-06-02 22:09:22 GMT

    A Thunderbird jet crashed after performing in a stunt show over the U.S. Air Force Academy early Thursday afternoon.

    A Thunderbird jet crashed after performing in a stunt show over the U.S. Air Force Academy early Thursday afternoon.

  • Thunderbirds to practice this week

    Thunderbirds to practice this week

    Monday, May 30 2016 4:30 AM EDT2016-05-30 08:30:23 GMT

    The Thunderbirds will arrive in the Pikes Peak Region Monday. 

    The Thunderbirds will arrive in the Pikes Peak Region Monday. 

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