A jet from the Canadian air force’s Snowbirds aerobatics team that was on a tour to lift spirits during the coronavirus outbreak crashed in Kamloops, British Columbia, on Sunday (May 17), killing one crew member and seriously injuring the other, defense officials said.
Video shot by a witness showed two of the team’s Canadair Tutor single-engine aircraft taking off. One of the planes reared up almost immediately before plunging to the ground, exploding just after the pilot ejected.
“One member of the Canadian Forces’ Snowbirds team has died and one has sustained serious injuries,” the armed forces said on Twitter.
Witnesses and officials said earlier that at least one person was injured.
Officials in Kamloops – about 320 km (200 miles) northeast of Vancouver in the West Coast Canadian province – said the jet had hit a residential home, sparking a fire.
A photo posted by local television station CFJC showed at least one house on fire in the Brocklehurst area of Kamloops, a city with a population of more than 90,000.
Federal Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said in a tweet that he was deeply saddened by news of the crash.
It was the second recent accident involving the Snowbirds. One of the team’s jets crashed into an unpopulated area last October before a show in Atlanta, after the pilot ejected.
One crew member has died and another has been seriously injured after a Canadian armed forces’ Showbirds jet crashed in Kamloops, British Columbia on Sunday. Gloria Tso reports.
A jet from a Canadian Forces aerobatics team crashed on Sunday (May 17).
It killed one crew member of the Snowbirds, Captain Jennifer Casey.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in a statement late Sunday that another person, Captain Richard MacDougall was seriously injured.
The Snowbirds are an air show team similiar to the Unied States’ Blue Angels.
Their jets were on a tour to lift spirits during the global health crisis and crashed in Kamloops, British Columbia, just 200 miles northeast of Vancouver.
Eyewitness video showed two of the team’s single-engine aircraft taking off.
One of the planes reared up almost immediately, before plunging to the ground and exploding just after the pilot ejected.
Kamloops officials said the jet had hit a residential home, sparking a fire in the town of some 90,000 people.
The crash was the second most recent accident involving the Snowbirds.
One of the team’s jets crashed in an unpopulated area last October also after the pilot ejected, just before a show in Atlanta.
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