- 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.”


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