Canadian Forces Snowbirds jet crashes in Kamloops

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A Canadian Forces Snowbirds jet crashed and burst into flames in the front yard of a house in Kamloops, B.C., on Sunday.

The crash happened before noon, shortly after the jet took off from the Kamloops Airport. Witnesses say it was following another jet when it appeared to veer upward and circle the tarmac before going into a nosedive.

Video shows two puffs of black smoke coming from the plane and appears to show at least one person ejecting from the jet shortly before it hit the ground in a residential area near Glenview Avenue and Schreiner Street.

It’s not yet known whether the pilot or anyone else was injured.

“This is a developing situation,” the Department of National Defence said in a statement.

“Our number one priority at this time is determining the status of our personnel, the community and supporting emergency personnel.”

Emergency crews from the Kamloops Airport are responding to the incident, the department said.

No other information was provided.

In a statement, Kamloops RCMP said it could not confirm whether anyone was injured.

“This is a dynamic situation,” the statement said. “The RCMP will be working with other safety and regulatory agencies to determine the cause of the crash.”

Police are asking the public to avoid the area. They’re asking anyone who may have captured the crash on video to contact them.

In a tweet Sunday afternoon, B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix said one person was taken to hospital after the crash.

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