- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 2, 2016

President Obama met the Thunderbird pilot who crash-landed his plane while performing at the Air Force Academy’s graduation where the president spoke Thursday, and expressed relief the pilot wasn’t badly hurt.

The pilot reportedly ejected from the plane after performing a flyover at the graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where Mr. Obama was the commencement speaker. The plane was intact.

Later at Peterson Air Force Base, where Air Force One was parked, Mr. Obama “visited briefly” with the pilot, the White House said.

“The president thanked the pilot for his service to the country and expressed his relief that the pilot was not seriously injured,” the White House said. “The president also thanked the first responders who acted quickly to tend to the pilot.”

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide