Two individuals ejected out of a Snowbird plane Sunday before it crashed into a house in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds have been performing in a cross-Canada tour coined Operation Inspiration to “salute Canadians doing their part to fight the spread of COVID-19.” The team flies in a nine-jet formation and has been flying over cities across the country.
Nine Snowbirds were flying out of Kamloops, northeast of Vancouver, on Sunday afternoon to start a tour over Vancouver and Vancouver Island. However, one of the planes crashed into a home in the Brocklehurst neighborhood right after takeoff.
According to the Royal Canadian Air Force, one person died in the accident and another was seriously injured. The Royal Canadian Air Force stated:
It is with heavy hearts that we announce that one member of the CF Snowbirds team has died and one has sustained serious injuries. We can confirm that we have contacted all primary family members of those involved. More information will be communicated in the near future.
Video Shows Two People Ejecting From the Snowbird Plane & the Aircraft Crashing
A video shared by local reporter Victor Mario Kaisar shows two Snowbirds taking off at the Kamloops airport.
Warning: the video contains a plane crash and may be disturbing to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.
Zion Cong, who witnessed the crash, told CFJC Today:
The planes just lifted up and they were flying low and then they started pulling up after they gained some altitude [one] plane started to turn left at a sharp angle and then started dropping [like a stunt] nose down. After dropping for a second, I saw a small explosion and saw the pilot eject then the plane just drop and exploded.
Chelsy Gyger told CFJC that she was across the street from the crash area. “We went running across the street and the plane and the house was on fire,” Gyger said. “Oh God, it was just chaos.”
According to the outlet, at least one house was burned due to the crash and debris has been found throughout the area.
This story is still developing.
Photos & Videos of the Crash Scene Have Been Shared on Social Media
After the crash happened, many residents of Kamloops took to social media to share videos and images of the incident.
The Royal Canadian Air Force & Kamloops Airport Issued Statements After the Crash
After the Snowbird crashed in Kamloops on Sunday afternoon, the Royal Canadian Air Force issued a statement:
The #RCAF has been made aware that a Canadian Forces Snowbirds aircraft crashed in the vicinity of Kamloops, BC. Our priority at this time is determining the status of our personnel and supporting emergency personnel. When appropriate, more information will be made available.
The Kamloops Airport also released a statement:
Emergency crews including Kamloops Airport’s aircraft rescue fleet are responding to an aircraft crash off airport involving a Canadian Snowbirds jet. More information to follow.