3412031COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)– Crews prepared to move the F-16 Thunderbird from the crash site near Colorado Springs on Tuesday.
The Thunderbird crashed after the flyover during last week’s Air Force Academy graduation. Pilot Maj. Alex Turner was preparing to land when something went wrong and he ejected from the plane while it was already low to the ground.
The jet had participated in a flyover during the graduation ceremony at the Air Force Academy where President Barack Obama spoke.
Turner walked away from the crash, landing nearly a half mile away. Before boarding Air Force One, Obama stopped his motorcade as he was leaving the Air Force Academy and thanked Turner for his service. Obama also said he was thankful Turner was not seriously hurt.
The $25 million aircraft will be stored at a hangar on Peterson Air Force Base where investigators will carefully go over every part of it.