Pilot Member Of Home Team, Passenger Was Base Photographer
ANN REALTIME UPDATE
10.09.08 2200 EDT: Canadian Forces officials have
confirmed two people were killed in the Thursday afternoon downing
of a CT-114 Tutor jet northwest of 15 Wing Moose Jaw.
The plane's pilot was a member of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds
home team, and not a demonstration pilot, 15 Wing commander Col.
Paul Keddy told reporters. His pilot was a military photographer
from the base.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the members of the families
and those involved most closely (with them) at 15 Wing," said
The downed jet was flying formation with three other CF aircraft
-- a CT-155 Hawk, CT-156 Harvard and a second Tutor, reports The
Moose Jaw Times Herald. The aircraft impacted a field just over one
mile from 15 Wing.
Identities of the victims have not been released, pending
notification of the next of kin.
Major Robert Mitchell, commander of the Snowbirds, extended
condolences on behalf of the show team, which is preparing for
a weekend performance in San Francisco.
"On behalf of the members of 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, I
too would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of
both individuals," Mitchell said. "As our show team sits here
deployed in San Francisco, we're all deeply saddened at the loss of
these great friends, amongst them an extraordinarily talented pilot
from our home team back in Moose Jaw. They will be sorely
1815 EDT: Officials confirm a Canadian CT-114
Tutor training jet crashed near 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Thursday afternoon... but there's no word yet on possible
"There has been an incident," Capt. Genevieve Mitchell told The
Vancouver Sun. 15 Wing is home to the Canadian Snowbirds
demonstration team, which flies the 1960s-era training aircraft in
Officials would not say whether the jet that crashed was a
Snowbirds plane; in addition to its high-profile role with the
Snowbirds, the Tutor is also used in aircraft testing at the
Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) in Cold Lake,
A witness to the accident reported the crash to the Moose Jaw
Times-Herald just after 12:30 pm local time.
"There were three together and two off to the side," said Doug
Johnson, who lives near the base. He told the paper that smoke was
coming from behind one of the aircraft, which he initially thought
part of a demo routine... but he then realized the color of the
smoke was wrong.
"When I turned to look back again, I saw one of the planes
beeline into the ground," he added. Johnson did not see a parachute
deployed, "but that doesn't mean it didn't happen."
Tutors have been involved in several high-profile accidents over
As ANN reported, Capt. Shawn McCaughey was
lost when his CT-114 Tutor jet crashed near a Montana USAF base
during a show rehearsal May 18, 2007. An investigation board
determined McCaughey lost control of the aircraft when his lap belt
unfastened while he was flying inverted.
The aging aircraft -- which were largely replaced by the
Canadian military in 2000 with the British-Aerospace Hawk T1 --
have been involved in at least 13 major accidents since 1972. Those
accidents included six fatalities when in service with the
ANN will update this story as more information becomes