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Air traffic audio from Thunderbird crash released

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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. A moment later, he radioed, "I'm putting it away from somebody's house here -- getting out."  Turner safely steered the aircraft away from a nearby subdivision and ejected just before the plane made impact.

Turner survived the incident virtually unscathed and met privately with President Obama before his departure on Air Force One. Listen to the air traffic audio here.

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