Thunderbird Jet Crashes During Air Force Academy Graduation Flyover As President Obama Watches

  • by: Alan Duke

One of the U.S. AIr Force Thunderbird team's jets crashed in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Thursday afternoon during a flyover following the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony attending by President Obama.

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The pilot got to shake President Obama's hand afterward.

"The pilot ejected safely and was recovered by first responders," the Thunderbird unite tweeted. The reason for the crash is not yet known.

The jet is on the ground in a remote field near Peterson Air Force Base.

The Thunderbirds, known as "America's Ambassadors in Blue," fly six F-16 jets in formation over events, with a seventh "operations officer;" and an eighth "advance pilot and narrator" in other jets, according to the unit's website.

These videos shows the flyover just before the crash.

  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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