A Canadian Air Force Snowbird plane has crashed in Kamloops during a Canada-wide tour on Sunday, as confirmed by the Kamloops Airport in a tweet.
The plane was bound for Comox, and left Kamloops Airport around 11:30 a.m along with another plane on Sunday morning.
Video shows the jet rise, then circle, before it crashed in the area of Glenview Drive in Kamloops.
Photos and videos on social media show flames and a large amount of black smoke in the area, as well as a pilot being ejected from the plane moments before it crashed.
There are reports that two elderly people who were inside of a home in the area of the crash at the time were able to escape, before the house caught on fire.
“This is a developing situation. Our number one priority at this time is determining the status of our personnel, the community and supporting emergency personnel,” the Royal Canadian Air Force said in a statement.
The Canadian Armed Forces’ Snowbirds aerobatics team embarked on a cross-country flyover tour which started last weekend in Nova Scotia, in an effort to boost morale across the nation.
The flyovers looked to salute everyone working to flatten the curve amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and were scheduled to fly over Vancouver Island today.
More to come.
Snowbird crashes in Kamloops. pic.twitter.com/l5qQHOf7tR
— Steve Delaney (@TheKamloopian) May 17, 2020
Emergency crews including Kamloops Airport's aircraft rescue fleet are responding to an aircraft crash off airport involving a Canadian Snowbirds jet. More information to follow.
— Kamloops Airport (@KamloopsAirport) May 17, 2020