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CF Snowbird crashes near Kamloops during B.C. stop of cross-Canada tour

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An aircraft with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds demonstration jet team has crashed in Kamloops on Sunday. Mike Trafford, who lives near the airport, Told Global News the aircraft had just taken off when something went wrong. “The plane did a barrel roll, and shortly after the barrel roll there was a spark and the pilot ejected,” he said. (globalnews.ca) Mais...

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Nordance
Brian DeLong 3
Looking at one video of the event, I think you can hear the bang of a compressor stall just after the takeoff, indicating that the engine had stopped. It looks like the pilot climbed for altitude to either punch out or what looks like, attempted to return to the airport but the aircraft stalled in the turn. Both ejection seats fired, but full chute opening did not occur.
stewagreen
Stewart Agreen 3
In the video, looks like 2 ejections, low to the ground.

https://youtu.be/oO_VeHRjZSI

And stories indicate the pilot is injured, and the passenger did not survive.
djames225
djames225 3
Jen succumbed to the injuries she received. Pilot may not have survived either save the house roof cushioning his impact.
wopri
Wolfgang Prigge 3
Photos showing that the pilot did indeed eject and landed on the roof of a house.

https://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/202005/17/01-5273943-un-avion-des-snowbirds-secrase-sur-une-maison-en-colombie-britannique.php
wopri
Wolfgang Prigge 3
There is a video too now, it shows the pilot ejecting. Unconfirmed reports he injured his back.
wopri
Wolfgang Prigge 3
The RCAF confirmed that one member of the Snowbird team died in the crash, another is seriously injured.
nuclearservices
PAUL KENNEDY 1
At least one video demonstrated a pop sound, suggesting a compressor stall. Another showed what could have been a bird approaching the imperiled aircraft on the starboard side. Last October the Snowbirds lost an aircraft in flight prior to a show in Georgia. This latest accident was the first that involved the public as the aircraft crashed into a residential neighbourhood. Hopefully the cause of the accident can not be blamed on equipment failure. There is a fear that our Liberal government may “conveniently” use this latest accident as cause to disband the Snowbird team.
TimDyck
Tim Dyck -1
They shouldn't disband the Snowbirds but they definatly need newer aircraft. Some of those Tutors are getting close to 60 years old.
nuclearservices
PAUL KENNEDY 4
Unfortunately the funding for replacement aircraft is out of reach at this moment. The Tutor was brought into service in 1964. The majority of the Tutors remained in service until 2000. The Tutors in service with the Snowbirds are completely disassembled, inspected and rebuilt to original specifications, every two years. The planes are maintained to the highest standards and as such are capable of continuing in service for many years to come. It should be noted that the Snowbirds have existed over 50 years (1971-2020) and have lost only 4 team members over this time period. Speaking of old military aircraft, the B-52 is still flying after 68 years in service. This is a remarkable record that speaks volumes about the basic design, and the ongoing squadron maintenance programs.
djames225
djames225 2
That's just it Paul. Folks think they are "old craft" but are actually not old in the sense of most other things. The cars, that some people drive everyday, are over 20 yrs old, but they are not completely disassembled and gone through every couple years.
wopri
Wolfgang Prigge 2
That’s exactly what two specialists said when interviewed by Montréal’s La Presse newspaper. They said the Tutors will be serviceable for many more years.
TimDyck
Tim Dyck -1
All airframes go through stress but a plane that does air shows is going to go through even more stress than an average plane. The repeated stress will eventually lead to metal fatigue.
The Snowbirds need new planes!
wopri
Wolfgang Prigge 1
The latest stand:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/plane-crash-kamloops-1.5573930
davebarry99
Dave Barry 1
The pilot did survive..landed on the roof of a home. Serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Sadly the Snowbird Public Affairs officer, who was one of the key people behind the "Operation Inspiration", was killed.
https://cfjctoday.com/2020/05/17/plane-crash-in-brocklehurst/
wopri
Wolfgang Prigge 0
There are unconfirmed reports that the pilot managed to eject.

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