Canadian Forces Snowbirds CT-114 Tutor Jet Crashes at Atlanta Air Show, Pilot Safe

A Canadair CT-114 Tutor aircraft of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds flight demonstration team has crashed into a pasture near Brooks, Georgia at around 1:30 pm EDT on Oct. 13 while participating in the Atlanta Air Show.

The pilot, identified as Snowbird 5 Capt. Kevin Domon-Grenier, ejected from the aircraft before the crash and is safe. The aircraft fell in an unpopulated area and no one was injured, said a statement from the Snowbirds team.

The Atlanta Air show was being held at Tara Field next to Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton. Officials have now canceled the rest of the events.

The Snowbirds, officially known as 431 Air Demonstration Squadron (French: 431e escadron de démonstration aérienne), is the flight demonstration team of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)/Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).

The Snowbirds are the first Canadian air demonstration team to be designated as a squadron an is based at 15 Wing Moose Jaw near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

The show team flies 11 CT-114 Tutors—nine for aerobatic performances, including two solo aircraft, and two as spares, flown by the team coordinators. Approximately 80 Canadian Forces personnel work with the squadron full-time; 24 personnel are in the show team that travels during the show season. The Snowbirds are the only major military aerobatics team that operates without a support aircraft.

The Snowbirds continue the flying demonstration tradition of previous Canadian air force aerobatic teams, which include the Siskins, the Blue Devils, the Golden Hawks, and the Golden Centennaires.

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