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Air Force says Thunderbird jet crashes after flyover at commencement attended by President Obama

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AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) -- An Air Force Thunderbird jet crashed south of Colorado Springs just after a flyover for a graduation of Air Force Academy cadets where President Barack Obama had spoken.

Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michal Kloeffler-Howard said Thursday the pilot ejected. The pilot, Maj. Alex Turner of Chelmsford, Mass.,  has more than 270 combat hours over Libya and Iraq.

Turner bailed out of his F-16 jet just after doing a flyover at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where President Barack Obama was speaking during a graduation.

Obama met with the pilot after the crash and thanked him for his service. The president also expressed his relief that he wasn't seriously injured.

No injuries on the ground were reported.

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