Snowbirds jet damaged in landing
Snowbirds flying team temporarily grounded
A Tutor jet, part of the military's Snowbirds aerobatic flying team, was damaged during a landing at 15 Wing Moose Jaw Tuesday afternoon.
A spokesperson from the base told CBC News that the jet's two crew members walked away from the plane after the landing at about 3 p.m. CT and were not injured. A medical evaluation found them in excellent condition.
According to the base official, the jet's landing gear failed to deploy properly and the pilot was forced to land the plane on its belly. An investigation has been launched.
The plane was scheduled to be part of the Snowbirds' upcoming air show season. The remaining planes in the flying team have been grounded until officials determine they are safe to fly.
The aerobatic team needs 10 planes for its shows. Nine are used for the formation flying routines; the 10th travels with the team as a spare.