The Royal Canadian Air Force says a pilot did not sustain injuries after an incident with a Snowbird shortly after takeoff, where the aircraft sustained damage.
In a post on Facebook, the air show says the incident happened shortly after 12 p.m. on Tuesday after taking off from the North Peace Regional Airport.
“Despite all of the safety precautions that are taken, incidents do happen and it’s heart-breaking in the air show world,” the post says. “We are happy to share that the pilot was not harmed, and the cause of the crash is currently being investigated.”
The Royal Canadian Air Force says the CT-114 Tutor aircraft of 431 Squadron took off and was able to land, but suffered damage in the landing.
“The sole occupant (pilot) did not sustain physical injuries and is being assessed by medical personnel,” said Maj Trevor Reid, public affairs officer in an email to CHEK News.
“This incident is the subject of an RCAF flight safety investigation.”
The sole occupant (pilot) did not sustain physical injuries and is being assessed by medical personnel. This incident is the subject of an RCAF flight safety investigation. It is too early to say what impact this incident may have on future performances by the Snowbirds.
— Royal Canadian Air Force (@RCAF_ARC) August 2, 2022
The cause is not yet known, and Reid says it is too early to say if future Snowbird performances will be affected.