The Latest: Air Force identifies Thunderbirds pilot who died
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a military jet that killed a member of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team (all times local):
The U.S. Air Force has identified a member of the Thunderbirds flight demonstration team who died in the crash of a military fighter jet in central Nevada.
Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, was killed when his F-16 Fighting Falcon known as Thunderbird 4 crashed during a training flight Wednesday morning on the Nevada Test and Training Range.
Air Force 57th Wing Commander, Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, said Thursday that Del Bagno was an integral part of the flight team
An investigation is underway and the team’s participation this weekend at an air show at March Air Reserve Base in California has been cancelled.
Officials have not said how the crash will affect the rest the 2018 Thunderbirds demonstration season.
The U.S. Air Force says a member of its Thunderbirds flight demonstration team was killed in the crash of his F-16 fighter jet in central Nevada.
An Air Force statement Thursday says the jet went down around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday during a routine aerial demonstration training flight over the remote Nevada Test and Training Range.
The pilot’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
An investigation is underway and the Thunderbirds’ appearance at March Air Reserve Base in California has been canceled.
The Air Force says it’s not known how the accident will impact the remainder of the 2018 Thunderbirds season.
The incident was the third U.S. military aircraft crash this week.