Officials release name of pilot involved in Air Force Thunderbird jet crash in Colorado

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According to the ABC affiliate in Colorado Springs, an Air Force Thunderbird jet crashed near Colorado Springs Thursday after it made a flyover for the graduation of Air Force Academy cadets.

According to KRDO, the F-16 crashed in a  field near S. Powers Boulevard and Fontaine Boulevard. The thunderbirds were returning to Peterson Air Force Base after performing at the Air Force Academy Graduation when the crash happened. The pilot of the plane, Maj. Alex Turner of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, was not injured.

The Air Force Combat Command says Turner has more than 270 combat hours over Libya and Iraq.

Despite the crash, the plane is intact and did not start a fire. The nose of the plane appears buckled.

Officials say no one on the ground was injured and that people were kept away from the wreckage because of a Hydrazine leak. Hydrazine is a type of jet fuel.

According to CNN, President Obama attended the commencement ceremony and gave a speech to the graduates of the Air Force Academy.

The president met with the pilot shortly after the incident to thank him for his service. He also thanked the first responders who acted quickly.

An official cause of the crash is under investigation, but the Air Force Academy says it appears to be engine failure.

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