The Snowbirds have been on a cross-Canada tour and just made their way west recently. One of the Snowbirds crashed in B.C. near Kamloops and one person was reportedly taken to hospital following the crash. Video footage of the crash shows two planes taking off before one does a cartwheel mid-air and nosedives towards the ground.

On Sunday afternoon, May 17, an aircraft with the Snowbirds — an air show flight team with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) — crashed near the airport of Kamloops, B.C.

"Emergency crews including Kamloops Airport's aircraft rescue fleet are responding to an aircraft crash off airport involving a Canadian Snowbirds jet," wrote Kamloops Airport in a tweet.

A video posted on Twitter showed two planes taking off at the airport. One pulled up, before twisting in the air and crashing back towards the ground. It was billowing smoke.

"Our priority at this time is determining the status of our personnel and supporting emergency personnel. When appropriate, more information will be made available," wrote the RCAF on Twitter.

Emergency crews have been deployed to the scene, B.C. health minister Adrian Dix updated. He confirmed that one person has been sent to the hospital. "Our thoughts are with all affected during this difficult time," reads his tweet.


This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available. 

The CF Snowbirds were planning to tour B.C. the week of May 16 as part of their cross-country tour called Operation Inspiration.

Starting in Nova Scotia, the group planned to put a smile on Canadians' faces coast to coast.

However, they were delayed in the Okanagan due to rain and low visibility, according to their Twitter.

"Transit through some of the mountain passes have very low cloud cover which is unsafe for flying 9 jets," they wrote.

They later added the long term forecast was looking up and that they plan to be on their way home soon in Moosejaw.

Another video posted to Twitter shows a house that appears to be involved in the crash.

Firefighters are at the scene, and smoking wreckage could be seen. Part of the house's exterior has been blackened. "It just breaks your heart," reads the tweet, "These pilots were just trying to lift spirits across Canada."

Another video posted to Twitter appeared to show one of the people from the downed airplane getting rescued from the roof of a house.

Their deployed parachute could be seen. "Canadian #Snowbird being rescued after landing on roof of house after ejection," reads the post.



Comments are now closed.
Account Settings
Share Feedback
Log Out

Register this device to receive push notifications