Thunderbird crashes after flyover at Air Force graduation Obama attended

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Cadets caps and Air Force Thunderbirds are seen during a graduation ceremony at the US Air Force Academy's Falcon Stadium June 2, 2016 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. US President Barack Obama gave the commencement speech at the academy. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Cadets caps and Air Force Thunderbirds are seen during a graduation ceremony at the US Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium June 2, 2016 in Colorado Springs. President Barack Obama gave the commencement speech. (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — 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, and the White House announced that he was unharmed. No injuries on the ground were reported.

Obama was still at the graduation site at the time of the crash, taking photos with attendees prior to returning to Washington. The crash happened about 15 miles south of the academy.

After hearing of the crash, the president thanked the pilot for his service in person. The two met briefly while Obama was on his way back to Peterson Air Force Base to fly back to Washington.

“The president thanked the pilot for his service to the country and expressed his relief that the pilot was not seriously injured,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

The Thunderbirds had just finished their traditional performance at commencement for Air Force Academy cadets, screaming overhead just as the graduating officers tossed their white hats into the sky.

The jets then did multiple fly-bys over the academy’s football stadium, where the ceremony took place, blasting by in tight formations or looping high overhead.

Watch the president’s commencement speech here: