Crashed Thunderbird Jet Moved; Blue Angels Cancel Shows

June 7, 2016

A Thunderbirds jet that crashed in Colorado Springs after flying over the Air Force Academy's commencement ceremony has been removed.

Workers used a crane to lift the largely intact plane onto a flatbed truck on Tuesday.

The $25 million aircraft will be stored at a hangar on Peterson Air Force Base where investigators will carefully go over it.

The jet was removed as the Thunderbirds announced that the team would begin practicing again. However the team tweeted that it hasn't decided yet whether to participate in the upcoming air show in Ocean City, Maryland.

The team was grounded Thursday after Maj. Alex Turner was forced to ditch his plane shortly after flying over the crowd watching President Barack Obama's commencement address. He wasn't seriously injured and later met the president.

In related news, the U.S. Navy has announced that its elite flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, has canceled upcoming performances in New York and Ohio following the death of one of its pilots during a crash outside Nashville.

In a news release Tuesday, the Navy said that the team is in "operational pause" with its 2016 air show season following the death of Capt. Jeff Kuss. The 32-year-old Durango, Colorado, husband and father of two was killed on June 2 when his F/A-18 jet crashed just after takeoff while he was practicing for an air show.

The team canceled airs shows scheduled on June 11-12 in Syracuse and in Dayton on June 18-19.