Montreal (dpa) – One person died and another was injured when a Canadian Snowbirds aerobatics jet crashed in a residential street in British Columbia on Sunday, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) said on Twitter.
Emergency services in the city of Kamloops were called to reports of a plane crashing into a house, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said in a statement.
The Snowbirds are the Canadian air force’s military aerobatics and air show flight demonstration team known for their aerial stunts.
After initially saying the surviving team member had serious injuries, the Snowbirds clarified in a tweet that the injuries were not life-threatening.
The deceased was identified as Captain Jenn Casey, a public affairs officer for the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Canadian broadcaster CBC cited witnesses who said the plane was following another jet when it “appeared to veer upward and circle the tarmac before going into a nosedive.”
A resident cited by CBC said he saw the plane curve into the street and hit the window of a neighbour’s house, and described the charred plane sitting on the neighbour’s front lawn.
Witnesses also said they saw the aircraft’s pilot land with a parachute on a nearby roof.
The Snowbirds jet was scheduled to fly over the Okanagan area as part of Operation Inspiration – a salute to Canadian front line health workers battling the Covid-19 pandemic, the broadcaster reported.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement he was “deeply saddened” by the death.
“For the past two weeks, the Snowbirds have been flying across the country to lift up Canadians during these difficult times. Their flyovers across the country put a smile on the faces of Canadians everywhere and make us proud,” Trudeau said.
The RCMP said it would work with safety and regulatory agencies to determine the cause of the crash.
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