Snowbirds plane crashes into house while flying over Kamloops
Emergency crews are rushing to the scene after a Canadian Forces Snowbird plane crashed during a fly over in Kamloops, B.C. on Sunday afternoon.
Two planes took off from the Kamloops Airport around 11:30 a.m. when one plane turned around abruptly in mid-air, spewing black smoke before nose-diving toward the ground.
The plane then crashed into a house in the Brocklehurst neighbourhood of Kamloops.
A Snowbirds plane has crashed into a house near Kamloops and amateur video shows the moment the plane went down 📸 Shannon Forrest #Canada #CFSnowbirds #CanadianForces #Kamloops #KamloopsCrash #BritishColumbia pic.twitter.com/cMroil0nCJ— Freshdaily (@freshdaily) May 17, 2020
It's now been confirmed that two people were in the aircraft and Captain Jennifer Casey has been confirmed to have died in the accident.
An eye witness reported seeing the pilot open the eject shoot, and Health Minister Adrian Dix has confirmed that paramedics transported an individual to the hospital.
Late this morning @BC_EHS received multiple calls about a plane crash near the Kamloops airport. Paramedics and air ambulances were dispatched and one individual was transported to hospital. Our thoughts are with all affected during this difficult time.— Adrian Dix (@adriandix) May 17, 2020
Videos and photos of first responders transporting a Snowbirds member from the roof of a house has also surfaced on social media.
A big shout out thank you to emergency workers helping us in these difficult times.— Dan Mason (@DandyTourDriver) May 17, 2020
Quite the effort going on from police, fire and ambulance to rescue the Snowbirds pilot from the roof.#Kamloops #Snowbirds
Thank you! 🚑🚒🚓 pic.twitter.com/3OFIT7DMRi
The CF Snowbirds confirmed the plane crash on their official Twitter account.
"Our priority at this time is determining the status of our personnel and supporting emergency personnel," they said. "When appropriate, more information will be made available."
A Canadian Forces Snowbirds aircraft has 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.— CF Snowbirds (@CFSnowbirds) May 17, 2020
The Snowbirds are flying across Canada as part of Operation Inspiration, a nationwide salute to frontline healthcare workers, first responders, and essential workers.
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