U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds pilot killed Wednesday

Published: Apr. 5, 2018 at 4:55 AM EDT
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Around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Las Vegas time, an elite pilot for the United States Air Force Thunderbirds team crashed his F-16 Fighting Falcon while on a routine training run. The name of the pilot has not yet been released.

The accident happened at the Nevada Test and Training Range, near Las Vegas, Nevada. The team announced the accident at 11:30 local time, updating the news that the pilot died at 8:54 p.m. Wednesday.

Here's what the U.S.A.F. Public Affairs report said Wednesday night: "The identity of the pilot is being withheld for 24-hours pending next of kin notification. An investigation is being conducted into the cause of the mishap.

The team’s participation at the March Air Reserve Base “The March Field Air & Space Expo” has been cancelled. It is unknown how this accident will impact the remainder of the 2018 Thunderbirds Season."

The Thunderbirds team flew over Toledo skies in mid-July of 2016. Based on the bios on the Thunderbird's website, many of the pilots that visited Toledo in 2016 are still on the elite squad.