The pilot of a home-built airplane was killed Friday afternoon at a small airport west of Ottawa.
Scott Manning, of Toronto, died when his BD-5 jet hit the ground at the Carp Airport at 12:14 p.m.
Manning was scheduled to perform at Air Show Ottawa this weekend.
An eyewitness, David Morgan-Kirby, was standing at the end of the runway watching the microjet when it crashed.
"He was just doing a sort of pre-air-show display," Morgan-Kirby said. "The engine was still running when he hit the ground, and it ran for another two or three seconds afterwards," he said.
The BD-5 is often described as the world's smallest jet.
Also known as the Stinger, the jet that crashed Friday is one of just six BD-5s in the world.
BD-5s have been used for secret radar testing for the U. S. government, and one was featured in the James Bond film Octopussy.
The Stinger was built and flown by Manning. A onetime football player for the Montreal Alouettes and the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Manning — who stood 6' 3" and weighed 215 pounds — was known as the tallest BD-5 pilot in the world.
Manning held a commercial pilot's licence, and has flown numerous types of aircraft, including some of the most advanced aerobatic aircraft.His death was confirmed by Whitney Zelmer, of Knock on Wood Communications, the company that handled public relations for the air show. Zelmer also said the air show will go ahead as planned.