Military jet practicing for Ohio air show in accident

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform a flyover Feb. 26, 2017, during the singing of the national anthem before the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN/AP) – A plane is on its top at the Dayton International Airport.

Officials spoke with reporters Friday about the Thunderbirds jet that crashed at the end of the runway.

The incident happened shortly before 12:30 pm at the Dayton International Airport where aircraft and crews are practicing for the Vectren Dayton Air Show.

Little was said about the accident itself, but officials made it clear the show will go on. It is not yet known if the Thunderbirds will perform. Chairman of the US Air and Trade ShowVectren Dayton Air Show Mike Imhoff said the Thunderbird team will determine if they fly or not, and any information about the two people on board, including any injuries that may have been sustained.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds posted information on their Facebook page. In the post, they say the F-16D suffered damage and the pilot and a passenger, a tactical aircraft maintainer, are receiving care and are in good condition.

Representatives from the Thunderbirds are expected to hold a news conference of their own Friday around 5 p.m.

“Our first priority is taking care of our Thunderbird teammates and ensuring future safety” said Lt. Col. Jason Heard, Thunderbirds Commander/Leader.

Montgomery County dispatchers tell 24-Hour News 8’s sister station WDTN 2 NEWS a plane has run off the end of the runway and is now upside down.

Penelope Reed of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Dayton says a report was received at 12:31 p.m. Friday of a jet off the end of a runway and on its top. She says Wright-Patterson Air Force Base dispatched a crash team and heavy rescue crew.

No injuries have been reported, but 2 NEWS crews saw a man being taken into Miami Valley Hospital by medics from Butler Township.Emergency responders were working to extricate the two occupants inside the aircraft. Reed says there was no immediate report of any injuries or fuel leaks.

Staff Sgt. Tabatha McCarthy with the Air Force Thunderbirds public relations office says there was a “mishap” while a plane was on the ground. She had no other information.

The City of Dayton released a statement Friday:

The City of Dayton is confirming an aircraft accident involving one of the acts scheduled to appear at the Vectren Dayton Airshow this weekend.  There were 2 people on board.  Airport Fire and Rescue are providing assistance at the scene.  The airport is open.”

Dayton’s annual air show begins Saturday.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available. 

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