Snowbirds pilot unharmed after plane crash in northern British Columbia

A Snowbirds pilot emerged unscathed from a rare plane crash during an air show Tuesday afternoon, August 2, after his plane crashed at an airport in northeast British Columbia.

They were taking off from North Peace Regional Airport shortly after noon when their plane crashed and crashed, according to a statement from the local air show company.

“Despite all the safety precautions that are taken, incidents do happen and it is heartbreaking in the world of air shows,” the Fort St. John International Air Show Society said in a Facebook post.

A Canadian Armed Forces spokesperson told Black Press Media that the pilot was able to land the plane (a Canadair CT-114 Tutor) at the airfield, but suffered damage in the process.

They said the pilot suffered no physical injuries and was being assessed by medical personnel. The cause of the accident is under investigation and the Canadian Armed Forces said it was too early to tell what impact the incident might have on the future performance of the Snowbirds.

The city of Fort St. John also reported the crash on Facebook, noting that police, firefighters and paramedics were called to the airport for an “aviation incident,” which resulted in a fire. The airport fire department extinguished it before local firefighters arrived.

The city also reported no known injuries, but asked people to avoid the area.

The Fort St. John International Air Show Society held an air show in the area July 30-31, but it’s unclear whether Tuesday’s flight was part of an event, training or otherwise.

In the wake of the accident, however, the Snowbirds canceled their Pentiction Peach Festival appearance on Wednesday. A spokesperson said they were also unlikely to be able to attend the Abbotsford Air Show from August 5-7.


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