Pilot in Thunderbird crash graduated from RPI

Credit: US Air Force

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (NEWS10) – The pilot of the Thunderbird plane that crashed in Colorado was a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Air Force ROTC program.

Officials say Major Alex Turner was able to eject safely and able to walk unhurt.

“The pilot kept the aircraft as low to the ground as possible and ejected at the last possible moment to avoid any collateral damage,”  Maj. Jenna David, ACC spox, tells ABC Pentagon DJ Luis Martinez.

No one on the ground was hurt.

President Barack Obama, who was the commencement speaker at the ceremony, met with Turner after the crash and thanked him for his service, according to the Thunderbirds’ commander.

Turner earned his commission in 2005.

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