Canadian Snowbird aircraft ‘incident’ reported at northern B.C. airport

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Canadian Snowbird aircraft 'incident' reported at northern B.C. airport

First responders were called to North Peace Regional Airport in Fort St. John, BC Tuesday afternoon to respond to what officials are calling an “aviation incident.”

In a social media post, the Fort St. John International Air Show said the plane crashed during takeoff.

Canadian Forces Public Affairs Officer Major Trevor Reid confirmed an incident involving a Snowbird aircraft on Tuesday.

He said two Snowbirds were in town for the weekend for the air show.

Reid said it was too early to say what caused the incident and an investigation is ongoing. It’s unclear how long the investigation will take, but he said the results would be made public.

According to Reid, the pilot suffered no physical injuries.

In a statement, the city of Fort St. John says the fire had been extinguished by the airport fire department by the time firefighters arrived.

“Despite all the safety precautions that are in place, incidents do happen and it’s heartbreaking in the world of air shows,” said the Fort St. John International Air Show.

Officials are asking residents to avoid the area while emergency services continue to work.