Maj. Alex Turner, U.S. Air Force Thunderbird #6, is in good medical condition and has recently been released from the hospital.
“The cause of the mishap is currently under investigation,” said Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, 57th Wing Commander. “Major Turner’s ability to steer the aircraft away from any populated areas and safely eject speaks to the quality of his training.”
The U.S. Air Force demonstration team will be stood down for an undetermined amount of time following this mishap.
“I have the utmost faith and confidence in the team and their abilities. This stand down is standard procedure to give investigation officials time to gather facts and ensure the continued safe operations of the squadron,” said Leavitt.
The team did not be attending the Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Air Show this past weekend and additional information regarding the show season will be released at a later date.