Friday, January 20, 2017

Thunderbird crash air traffic audio released

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - KRDO NewsChannel 13 has obtained air traffic control audio recordings from last summer's Thunderbird crash.

The pilot, Major Alex Turner, was able to safely navigate the F-16 into a field just south of the Colorado Springs Airport and then eject.

Turner was just about to land after performing at the Air Force Academy graduation when the crash happened.

A throttle malfunction was determined to be the cause of the crash. It forced the engine to shut down prematurely.

Turner was not seriously injured. 

The $29 million aircraft was destroyed. 

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