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Ocean City Air Show to take place despite Thunderbird crash

Ocean City Air Show to take place despite Thunderbird crash
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform in Ocean City in 2014. (File photo)

The Ocean City Air Show set for June 18-19 will take place as scheduled, show officials said Friday, despite a crash yesterday in Colorado involving the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds group that will appear at the Maryland resort.

The event was called into question when a Thunderbird jet crashed yesterday after flying over the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo. President Barack Obama addressed the graduates during commencement just minutes before the crash.

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The pilot, Major Alex Turner, ejected safely and is in good condition, according to an Air Show press release.

The Thunderbirds canceled a scheduled appearance at an air show in Albuquerque, N.M., this weekend because of the accident, but will fly again in time for the Ocean City show.

The Thunderbird crash was one of two aircraft accidents Thursday. In an unrelated event, Capt. Jeff Kuss, a U.S. Navy Blue Angel pilot, died yesterday when his jet crashed in Smyrna, Tenn. The Blue Angels appeared in Maryland last week for the U.S. Naval Academy commissioning ceremonies.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are scheduled to headline the Ocean City Show over the oceanfront. The show will also feature the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the U.S. Navy F-18F Super Hornet.

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