Dramatic videos were released on the internet showing today’s crash of the Canadian Snowbirds CT-114 Tutor aircraft in British Columbia, Canada.
The videos showed two CT-114 jets taking off from Kamloops Airport when one of them rose, then circled and plummeted to the ground. Just before the crash, the two seats of the aircraft were ejected. The CT-114 Tutor is a two-seater aircraft and it is not known whether both the seats were occupied.
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According to the latest reports, the pilot was able to eject from the aircraft. The aircraft crashed onto a house on a street near Glenview Avenue and a pilot landed on the roof of a house on nearby Schreiner Street. The pilot was transported to a nearby hospital.
The Snowbirds, officially known as 431 Air Demonstration Squadron (French: 431e escadron de démonstration aérienne), are the military aerobatics or air show flight demonstration team of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). The team is based at 15 Wing Moose Jaw near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. The show team flies 11 Canadair CT-114 Tutor jet trainer—nine for aerobatic performances, including two solo aircraft, and two as spares, flown by the team coordinators.
This is the second crash of a Snowbirds CT-114 Tutor jet in the past eight months.
On October 13, 2019, a Snowbirds Tutor aircraft crashed into a pasture near Brooks, Georgia in USA 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 was unharmed.