Ahead of O.C. Air Show, Blue Angel Pilot Believed Dead
No parachute deployed the official said.
The crash, which occurred around 3:00 p.m. CST., took place as the Blue Angels practiced for their weekend show. The crash occurred during a solo practice, officials said.
The Navy was still working to confirm the condition of anyone else on the ground.
"Right now our thoughts and prayers are with the team and their family members," the official said.
In an unrelated aerial accident earlier Thursday, a U.S. military official confirms that the pilot of an Air Force Thunderbird ejected from his aircraft after the flyover for the Air Force Academy graduation in Colorado on Thursday.
The crash occurred approximately five nautical miles south of the base. The pilot ejected safely and is undergoing medical evaluation as a precaution.
The Air Force will perform a thorough investigation into the causes of the mishap and those findings will be released when the investigation is complete.
The Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation during graduation ceremonies at the 2016 class of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Thursday, June 2, 2016, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP
Upon arrival at Peterson Air Force Base, President Obama visited briefly with the Thunderbird pilot, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Thursday. The president reportedly thanked the pilot for his service to the country and expressed relief that the pilot was not seriously injured.
The President also thanked the first responders who acted quickly to tend to the pilot.
For his part, the pilot seemed fine, saluted the president when he approached and shook his hand.
Earlier in the day the president spoke to the 2016 Air Force Academy graduates in Colorado Springs, his final such speech to a graduating class of military officers.