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Crash of Canadian aerobatics plane might be caused by bird strike

Xinhua | Updated: 2020-06-02 11:18
Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Governor General Julie Payette attend the homecoming ceremony of Captain Jennifer Casey, who was killed in the crash of a Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds exhibition team aircraft, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada May 24, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

OTTAWA - The crash of a Royal Canadian Air Force aerobatics team plane in British Columbia Province last month might be caused by a bird strike, the Canadian military said on Monday.

A video footage showed a bird was very close to the right engine intake of the CT-114 aircraft of Snowbirds, the Royal Canadian Air Force aerobatics team, before it crashed, said the investigative authority of the Canadian National Defence Department.

The CT-114 plane abruptly left the Snowbirds' formation and entered a nose-down spin, and both pilots aboard ejected, but one died of her injuries, the authority said.

The plane crashed and burst into flames in the front yard of a house in Kamloops, British Columbia Province, on May 18 shortly after it took off from Kamloops Airport, according to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

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