A plane from the Snowbirds of Canada, an elite air force aerobatics unit, crashed in British Columbia on Sunday during a show to salute public efforts against the coronavirus, the military said. The plane crashed into a house’s front yard shortly after taking off from Kamloops Airport late Sunday morning along with another aircraft, according to local reports. Provincial Minister of Health Adrian Dix tweeted that one person was taken to hospital.
Witnesses said before the crash, the pilot had managed to eject a parachute from the plane. The pilot landed on a house’s roof and reportedly sustained injuries to the back and arm. Images from the crash scene showed wreckage burning in front of a building, part of which was on fire, too. A witness, Nolyn Mcleod, quotes by the CBC public broadcaster as saying that the plane flew over his roof about three meters (yards).
The two planes were due to fly over British Columbia. It is as part of a “Project Motivation” tour launched earlier in the month. It is to pay tribute to the efforts of Canada to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The iconic nine-jet formation of the Snowbirds, with trailing white smoke, started their tour in Nova Scotia. It was to conduct aerial displays over cities. It is from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans, at elevations as low as 500 feet (150 meters).