Snowbirds pilot safe after ejecting from plane in Georgia crash

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Organizers cancel rest of the Atlanta Air Show after plane went down

The Associated Press · Posted: Oct 13, 2019

Capt. Kevin Domon-Grenier is shown with his parachute after ejecting from his Snowbird plane before it crashed in Georgia on Sunday.

The Royal Canadian Air Force says one of its pilots is safe after he had to eject from his plane just before an aerobatics show in the United States.

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds said Capt. Kevin Domon-Grenier’s jet crashed into an unpopulated area Sunday near Hampton, Ga. No one on the ground was injured.

The Snowbirds were set to perform at the Atlanta Air Show. Event organizers said they cancelled the rest of Sunday’s show after the crash.

Charlotte Cliche@CharlotteCliche

Airplane crash. A Canadian Snowbird from Atlanta airshow. Pilot ejected safely, but the plane not so much.

The Snowbirds said in a statement on Twitter that it is too early to speculate on what caused the crash.

Social media video from the air show held at the Atlanta Motor Speedway south of the city showed smoke rising from the downed jet well off in the distance.

This image shows the wreckage of the Snowbird plane that went down in Atlanta on Sunday, Oct. 13. (Submitted by Vickie Laxon)

Domon-Grenier is from St-Raymond de Portneuf, Que., and was previously deployed to Afghanistan. In 2017, when he was in training, he was in a plane in which a small fire broke out during the Atlantic Canada International Air Show at CFB Greenwood in Nova Scotia. 

CF Snowbirds

Snowbird 5, Capt Kevin Domon-Grenier was forced to eject from his aircraft shiortly before our performance in Atlanta this afternoon. Capt Domon-Grenier made it safely to the ground and is okay. The aircraft fell in an unpopulated area and no one was injured.

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CF Snowbirds@CFSnowbirds

It is too early to speculate on the cause of the incident. We are thankful Kevin and the public are unhurt

The Snowbirds have been performing since 1971.

with files from CBC News