A Canadian Air Force jet celebrating front-line coronavirus workers crashed shortly after takeoff into a British Columbia home on Sunday, killing one crew member and seriously injuring another, in an incident caught on video:
The video shows two jets taking off before one peels off and then spirals to the ground. Two people appear to eject out of the doomed aircraft before impact.
The jets were part of the "Snowbirds" — Canada's equivalent of the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels.
The Royal Canadian Air Force mourned their lost airman in a tweet:
A follow-up tweet indicated that the injured service member is expected to survive:
Images from witness Kerri Turatus showed the scene on the ground after the airplane crashed into a home:
Rose Miller, who lives across the street from the home that was struck, said a couple in their early 70s lives in the residence. She said both are safe as the woman was in the basement and the man was behind the house when the plane struck.
Another neighbor, Kenny Hinds, said:
"I heard 'bang, bang,' and just as I looked before it left my view from the house beside me, I saw the Snowbird going straight down. I saw what looked like a parachute about, say, 20 feet over the house, and it disappeared from sight, and the parachute hadn't fully deployed yet — it was still sort of straight up and down."
The flight was part of "Operation Inspiration," which launched April 29 in Nova Scotia to boost morale and celebrate first-responders and healthcare workers across Canada amid the coronavirus pandemic.