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Canadian Forces Snowbird plane crashes in B.C.

Last Updated May 17, 2020 at 2:28 pm MDT

(Photo: The Royal Canadian Airforce Snowbirds put on a show for grand opening celebrations of the Fort McMurray International Airport's new terminal. Crystal Laderas/MORNING REPORTER).

A Canadian Armed Forces Snowbird plane has crashed in Kamloops, B.C.

The Kamloops Airport says emergency crews were responding to the crash.

The Snowbirds aerobatics team was scheduled to make a trip from Kamloops to Vernon today as part of Operation Inspiration during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The scheduled start was delayed because of rain and low visibility.

Operation Inspiration started in Nova Scotia earlier this month and features the team’s signature nine-jet formation. It was aimed at boosting morale as Canadians continue to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic.

They had flown over Fort McMurray on Friday, May 15.

Operation Inspiration followed a similar initiative south of the border, where the U.S. military’s own flight demonstration teams have been flying in honour of front-line workers and first responders.

More to come.