Thunderbirds CANCEL Saturday flight at Dayton Air Show; Sunday undetermined after crash 

Published: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 @ 2:30 PM
Updated: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 1:23 PM

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have arrived in Dayton for the upcoming Vectren Dayton Air Show

The Air Force Thunderbirds Commander, Lt. Col Jason Heard announced late Friday that the Thunderbirds will not perform Saturday at the Dayton Air Show following Friday’s crash that injured Pilot Capt. Erik Gonsalves and Tactical Aircraft Maintainer Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cordova. Both men are in good condition at Miami Valley Hospital.

Thunderbirds Pilot Capt. Erik Gonsalves and Tactical Aircraft Maintainer Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cordova were injured in a crash following landing at the Dayton International Airport. PHOTOS

Aviation Director Terrence Slaybaugh said the top priority of the airport is to ensure crowd safety this weekend and help the Thunderbirds team process the incident.

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"We're obviously very disappointed they won't fly [tomorrow]," Slaybaugh said. "We'll get through it." 

Slaybaugh said the mishap was a "best-case scenario," with a quick response from emergency teams and no fatalities. The Dayton airport will work "arm in arm" with the military during its investigation into the accident.

Response teams are working to move the aircraft away from the accident site tonight, he said. 

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The Air Force Thunderbirds were expected to perform at the Vectren Dayton Air Show Saturday and Sunday for only the second time since 2013 when the team was grounded because of budget cuts.

Here’s what you need to know about the Thunderbirds:

1. The Thunderbirds fly six single-seat F-16C jets in aerobatic formation, but a seventh two-seat F-16D jet accompanied the team to Dayton to fly VIP and media riders prior to the air show. The team, which will perform at 36 locations this year, is based at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada and was last in Dayton in 2015.

The Thunderbirds jet mishap was the first major aviation related incident at the air show since the fatal crash of a wing walker and a pilot in front of thousands of horrified spectators June 22, 2013.

The Boeing Stearman biplane crash killed wing walker Jane Wicker, 45, and pilot Charlie Schwenker, 64, both Virginia-based air show performers.

The National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of the biplane crash was “pilot controlled flight into terrain.”

In 2007, show pilot Jim Leroy, 46, of Lake City, Fla., died after failing to maintain clearance from the ground during an acrobatic routine in a 400-horsepower Bulldog Pitts, the NTSB reported. The board also concluded “smoke oil” in the air where the performers flew was a factor in the crash at the Dayton Air Show.

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2. The Thunderbirds fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon, which first entered service in 1979. The squadrons use “dated aircraft, generally older models” with the most modern aircraft reserved for frontline combat missions. F-16s each cost approximately $18.8 million.

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3. Many of the Thunderbirds pilots have combat experience in the skies over Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

To be in the squadron can be quite “grueling” and physically “exhausting,” pilots say. The Thunderbirds have eight pilots, including six demonstration pilots, four support officers and more than 100 enlisted personnel.

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4. The Thunderbirds stated mission is to showcase the aircraft of the Air Force while highlighting the skills and professionalism of their pilots. They are also tasked with engaging in community outreach, bolstering military recruitment and strengthening morale and esprit de corps in the services.

The squadrons perform 75-minute shows, involving 40 aerial maneuvers, and will hold up to 80 shows in a “season,” which typically starts in March and ends in November.

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5. The Thunderbirds were launched in 1953. The deadliest accident in Thunderbirds history is the infamous “Diamond Crash” of 1983, which cost the lives of four Thunderbirds pilots. At the time, the Air Force concluded that a mechanical failure in one of the jets flying in the four-plane formation caused the deadly accident.

Pigs lost as a result of a barn fire in German Twp., crews say

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 1:24 AM
Updated: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 2:23 AM

UPDATE @ 2:52 a.m: 4-H pigs were the animals lost in a barn fire on in German Twp. Friday morning, according to officials.

TRENDING: Warren County sheriff’s deputies investigating fatal pedestrian strike

Crews responded to the 4800 block of Troy Road after midnight on reports of a fully involved barn fire.

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The entire structure was lost as a result of the fire.

We’re working to learn what started the fire, as well as additional details. 


Crews are on scene of a barn fire that occurred in the 4800 block of Troy Road early Friday morning.

They were dispatched around 12:50 a.m., per initial reports.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story with additional details. 

Texas state trooper killed during traffic stop

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 2:11 AM

A Texas state trooper was killed during a traffic stop on Thanksgiving Day.
Texas Highway Patrol
A Texas state trooper was killed during a traffic stop on Thanksgiving Day.(Texas Highway Patrol)

A Texas state trooper was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Thursday, WFAA reported.

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Damon Allen, 41, was a 15-year veteran of the Texas Highway Patrol. He was shot and killed at about 4 p.m. on Interstate 45 just south of Fairfield, WFAA reported. 

The Texas Department of Public Safety said Allen had pulled over the suspect's vehicle for a traffic violation at about 3:45 p.m. After making contact with the driver, the trooper had returned to his patrol car when the suspect fired multiple shots from a rifle, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Allen died at the scene, WFAA reported. 

Allen was a husband and father of three, the Texas Highway Patrol said.

Authorities later arrested the driver of the vehicle, Dabrett Montreal Black, 32, of Lindale, the Star-Telegram reported.

The Waller County Sheriff's Officer posted on Facebook that one of its deputies had spotted Black driving in that county west of Houston and that shots had been fired afterward.

Just before 9 p.m., Black was found hiding in a field and taken into custody. He did have nonlife-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital, KBTX reported. He was being treated for a K-9 bite, authorities said late Thursday.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement that “this trooper died selflessly serving Texas. Please join Angela and me as we pray for the trooper's family and for the entire Department of Public Safety.”

Gov. Greg Abbott reacted from his Twitter account. “Sad on Thanksgiving to lose one of our state troopers in the line of duty,”he wrote. “Prayers for his family. Swift justice for his killer.”

I just want to take a quick moment and recognize the Waller County Sheriff’s Office and Texas DPS troopers on...

Posted by Trey Duhon - Waller County Judge on Thursday, November 23, 2017

Troopers: Naked couple crashes car while having sex; baby was in back seat

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 1:25 AM

Washington State Patrol.
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Washington State Patrol.(David Ryder/Getty Images)

A naked couple, having sex in their car while their baby was in the back seat, crashed while driving, the Washington State Patrol said.

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The man was driving on Highway 7 near La Grande in Pierce County, naked and having sex with a woman who also was naked, when he missed a curve, went off the road and struck a tree, State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova said.

The crash occurred Wednesday at 6 p.m. troopers said.

Witnesses told troopers both the man and woman were naked when they got out of the car, The Everett Herald reported. Troopers said they were also both impaired.

The woman wasn't wearing a seat belt. She was taken to the hospital with several broken bones. The 3-month-old child in the back seat was not injured.

The man was arrested and booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, vehicular assault and child endangerment, the Herald reported.

Troopers said the man has three prior DUI convictions.

Warren County sheriff’s deputies investigating fatal pedestrian strike

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 12:41 AM
Updated: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 1:29 AM

SCENE: Warren County hit-and-run

UPDATE @ 1:30 a.m: The fatal pedestrian strike that occurred in Centerville late Thursday night reportedly involved an 18-year-old male, according to officials.

The incident occurred on Yankee Road at Lytle-Five Points Road around 11 p.m.

Warren County Sheriff’s deputies continue to investigate the incident.

We’re working to learn the identity of the 18-year-old. 


Warren County sheriff's deputies have located a white pickup truck they believe was involved in a fatal pedestrian strike late Thanksgiving Night. 

We're hearing that the accident occurred in northern Warren County and a white Ford F150 was driven from the scene headed north on Yankee Street. 

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The pedestrian strike reportedly occurred sometime around 11 p.m. 

Deputies located the pickup truck just after 11:30 p.m. at a residence on Redsunset Drive, off Yankee Street in Centerville. 

We have a crew on scene, waiting to speak with one of the officers. 

We will update this developing report as we get information. 

Stay with for breaking news. 

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