The air force confirmed on Twitter that a jet from its Snowbirds team had crashed near Kamloops, but gave no details. The planes had been on a nationwide tour to raise spirits during the coronavirus outbreak. “One individual was transported to hospital,” British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix said on Twitter.
The pilot ejected from the plane, and at least one person was injured, witnesses and officials said.
The pilot’s condition was unknown. Kamloops is about 320 km (200 miles) northeast of Vancouver.
Federal Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said in a tweet that he was deeply saddened by the news.
He wrote: “I am deeply saddened by the news of today’s @CFSnowbirds crash & my thoughts are with all those involved.
“The @CanadianForces are working with local authorities & will update as information becomes available.
“I would like to thank local first responders for their ongoing support.”
Video shot by a witness showed two of the team’s Canadair Tutor single-engine jets taking off.
One of the planes reared up almost immediately before plunging to the ground, exploding just after the pilot ejected.
The crash was the second recent accident involving the Snowbirds.
One of the team’s jets fell into an unpopulated area last October before a show in Atlanta, after the pilot ejected.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police did not immediately respond to requests for more details about the incident.
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