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Thunderbird crashes near Air Force commencement; pilot OK

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The F-16, like this one shown in a 2014 photo, belonged to the Air Force's Thunderbirds group. The F-16, like this one shown in a 2014 photo, belonged to the Air Force's Thunderbirds group.
(CNN) -

An F-16 crashed south of Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Thursday after a U.S. Air Force Academy commencement ceremony attended by President Barack Obama.

A spokesman for the academy said the plane went down far from the stadium and the pilot, a member of the Air Force's Thunderbirds demonstration team, safely ejected.

Only the pilot was on board, FAA spokesperson Allen Kenitzer said.

    There were no reported casualties on the ground, though the plane itself was badly damaged, said Robb Lingley of Peterson Air Force Base public affairs.

    President Obama later met with the pilot when he visited the air force base.

    Developing story - more to come

    CNN's Karan Olson and Antoine Sanfuentes contributed to this report.

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