Passenger On Thunderbirds Jet That Crashed At Air Show Released From Hospital

Jun 25, 2017

Captain Erik Gonsalves (L) and Technical Sergeant Kenneth Cordova

A technical sergeant has been released from a hospital hours after a U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 left the runway and flipped over after landing during preparation for the Dayton Air Show on Friday.

Sergeant Kenneth Cordova was released Friday night. The jet's pilot, Captain Erik Gonsalves, had not been released as of Saturday afternoon, according to the Thunderbirds' Twitter feed. Authorities say both were in good condition after the accident at the Dayton Airport. The Thunderbirds did not perform Saturday, and the air crew posted on Twitter late Saturday afternoon it would not perform Sunday. The commander in charge of the Thunderbirds has said a safety board will determine the cause of the "mishap" that occurred at the end of an advance flight before the weekend's shows.