On Thursday, June 2, the U.S. Air Force precision flying team, Thunderbirds, known for their red, white and blue painted F-16 fighter jets, crashed in Colorado in a field near S. Powers Boulevard and Fontaine Boulevard. Fortunately, pilot Maj. Alex Turner safely ejected in a field right before the crash.
The Thunderbirds had just wrapped up a performance at the Air Force Academy graduation and were returning to Peterson Air Force Base when the crash happened.
The nose of the plan appeared to buckle in and a jet fuel leak occurred, due to which people were kept away from the wreckage site.
Authorities announced the jet would remain in the field until Friday, after which recovery efforts would be put into action. An investigation team is also expected on Saturday.
Although most of the roads that were cordoned off as a result of the crash have been opened up, authorities have asked people to stay away from the area if they do not have reason to be nearby.
A source has told KRDO News Channel 13 that terrorism is not suspected in this case, and every piece of the jet will be recovered so that proper enquiries can be made.
Apparently, the pilot deliberately lowered the plane into an open field in order to avoid crashing into any infrastructure.
"He's pretty well trained. He has a lot of experience. I'm just relieved that he is OK," Turner's mom, Ann Turner, told WCVB.
Turner met with President Barack Obama following the crash.
"The president thanked the pilot for his service to the country and expressed his relief that the pilot was not seriously injured," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.