Officials: Thunderbird pilot maneuvered to avoid crashing into homes
Maj. Alex Turner
An Air Force Thunderbird jet crashed after performing in a stunt show over the U.S. Air Force Academy early Thursday afternoon. The pilot was able to eject safely, according to Air Force officials.
Officials say the plane was preparing to land, and had its landing gear down, when there was a problem with the aircraft. The official said the pilot purposely maneuvered his plane to avoid crashing into an area with homes.
President Obama was still at the graduation site at the time of the crash, taking photos with attendees prior to returning to Washington. The crash happened about 15 miles south of the academy near Powers and Fontaine..