Thunderbirds cancel RI appearance following crash

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A U.S. Air Force Thunderbird that crashed following a flyover rests on the ground south of the Colorado Springs, Colo., airport after a performance at a commencement for Air Force Academy cadets Thursday, June 2, 2016. The pilot ejected safely from the jet. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have canceled an upcoming appearance in Rhode Island after one of their fighter jets crashed in Colorado last week.

The team was set to appear at this weekend’s Rhode Island National Guard Open House Air Show at Quonset State Airport.

The Thunderbirds made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter.

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On Thursday, Maj. Alex Turner ejected safely from the F-16 after flying over an Air Force graduation attended by President Barack Obama. Turner, of Chelmsford, Mass. later shook hands with the president, who was relieved the pilot was not seriously injured and thanked him for his service.

The Air Show released a statement on Facebook, saying they look forward to welcoming the Thunderbirds back for future shows.

The event takes place June 11 and 12. Click here for more information.Eyewitness News is working to gather details on this breaking news story. Stay with us for updates.

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