Air force jet crash surprise az

Minutes after his team streaked over President Obama and Air Force Academy cadets at a graduation ceremony on Thursday, the pilot of a Thunderbirds fighter jet maneuvered his plane away from homes as it crashed into a field near Colorado Springs.

The pilot, Maj. Alex Turner, walked away after safely ejecting into a neighborhood, and no one on the ground was hurt. The F-16 went down in the Security-Widefield area about 1 p.m., approximately five miles south of Peterson Air Force base, where it was headed. The white jet was upright and largely intact after skidding to a stop.

The crash was one of two involving the military’s best-known precision flying demonstration teams after a Blue Angels pilot from Colorado died in a fiery wreck while taking off from an airport near Nashville, Tenn.

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Lieutenant Fernando Perez Serrano,  26, was killed in the aircraft seconds after it had taken off near the Torrejon de Ardoz base, shortly after 11pm local time (9.00am GMT), as he was “unable to eject himself”, according to Spanish defence sources.

On Twitter he said: "We followed the plane crash which took place at Torrejon Base with concern, waiting for news about the crew.