A Canadian Air Force jet crashed into a home whereas on a tribute tour for coronavirus front-line workers — leaving no less than one individual dead and one other significantly injured, authorities and witnesses stated.
The Royal Canadian Air Force stated a Snowbirds airplane — Canada’s equal of the US Navy’s Blue Angels — went down in Kamloops, northeast of Vancouver.
“It’s with heavy hearts that we announce that one member of the CF Snowbirds workforce has died and one has sustained severe accidents,” the RCAF tweeted.
The deceased was recognized as Captain Jenn Casey, a public affairs officer for the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Earlier, British Columbia Well being Minister Adrian Dix stated one individual was within the hospital after paramedics and air ambulances responded to the crash.
Video posted on social media confirmed two Snowbirds taking off collectively and veering into the sky — when, seconds later, certainly one of them rolled over and spiraled right down to the bottom.
The footage seems to point out no less than one individual ejecting from the plane, earlier than it disappears behind bushes and an explosion may be heard.
Kerri Turatus, who lives within the neighborhood the place the airplane went down, advised NBC Information that the airplane hit a home, engulfing it in flames. It wasn’t clear if anybody was home on the time.
It “gave the impression of a gunshot outdoors my window,” stated Turatus, 30.
There was wreckage strewn on the street and a wing protruding of her neighbor’s storage, she stated.
One other neighbor, Kenny Hinds, stated he noticed a parachute about 20 toes above the home.
“I heard ‘bang, bang,’ and simply as I appeared earlier than it left my view from the home beside me, I noticed the Snowbird going straight down,” he stated.
“I noticed what appeared like a parachute about, say, 20 toes over the home, and it disappeared from sight, and the parachute hadn’t totally deployed but — it was nonetheless form of straight up and down.”
The flight had been a part of the cross-country “Operation Inspiration,” which launched April 29 in Nova Scotia to spice up morale and have fun first responders and healthcare workers amid the pandemic.
With Publish wires