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. "You said it looked like he did eject okay," a dispatcher asked a caller. "he did eject, but he was really close to the ground. It looked like the chute deployed fully though," the caller said.
The Thunderbirds team began practicing for the first time since the crash on Tuesday. Their show season is still on hold.