HAMPTON — The Royal Canadian Air Force Flight Safety Investigation team is coordinating efforts with the U.S. Air Force and the FAA to determine the cause of a Canadian aircraft crash Sunday at the Atlanta Air Show at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The pilot of the Snowbird 5 aircraft that went down Sunday afternoon was unharmed in the incident, according to authorities. The plane crashed near Brooks in south Fayette County, according to the FAA. No one on the ground was hurt.
According to the Canadian Department of National Defence, the pilot, Capt. Kevin Domon-Grenier, was forced to eject from a Canadair CT-114 Tutor around 1:15 p.m. on Sunday just before the Canadian Forces Snowbirds were scheduled to perform.
“He remained calm throughout the entire incident, which is a testament to his skill and his professionalism,” said Lt. Col. Mike French, commanding officer of the 431 Squadron of the Snowbirds, in a released statement.
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds is a squadron in the Canadian Armed Forces that performs across the country.
French said the “precise circumstances leading up to the ejection” were not yet known.
“The crash site has been secured by local law enforcement and the immediate Flight Safety response is being coordinated on the ground by the team’s Flight Safety officer,” French said.
The crash caused the Air Force’s Thunderbird squad, which was expected to perform at the show Sunday, to cancel its appearance. The remainder of the Atlanta Air Show was cancelled following the accident.