Reports: Military plane flips prior to Ohio air show

A pilot and passenger were taken to the hospital Friday after a military plane had an accident at an airport a day before it planned to participate in an air show.

Penelope Reed of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Dayton said a report was received at 12:31 p.m. Friday of a jet off the end of a runway and on its top. She said Wright-Patterson Air Force Base dispatched a crash team and heavy rescue crew.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds confirmed an incident with an F-16D Fighting Falcon occurred around 12:20 p.m. Friday at Dayton International Airport. WHIO-TV says the plane was taxiing when a gust of wind came.

The pilot and passenger, a tactical aircraft maintainer, were taken to a local hospital and in good condition, the Thunderbirds said.

WHIO-TV said an eyewitness saw a Thunderbird F-16 coming in for landing that slipped and wound up on its top.

Staff Sgt. Tabatha McCarthy with the Air Force Thunderbirds public relations office says There was a “mishap” while a plane was on the ground.

WHIO-TV said two people were initially trapped but one was removed from the plane.

The Vectren Dayton Air Show is scheduled to begin Saturday. The Thunderbirds said it remains to be seen whether they’ll participate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.