Plane crash sends 5 to hospital after Abbotsford Airshow

An aircraft operated by a museum crashed after the airshow ended, sending five on board to hospital.

An aircraft operated by a museum crashed after the show ended

A statement from the airshow says the aircraft, a 1930s-era biplane (a deHaviland Dragon Rapide) operated by a museum, crashed shortly after takeoff. The flight took place after Saturday's show ended around 5:30 p.m. PT. (Ēlya White/Twitter)

Five people have been injured after a small plane linked to the Abbotsford Airshow crashed into the airfield at the Abbotsford International Airport on Saturday.

A statement from the airshow says the aircraft, a 1930s-era biplane (a deHaviland Dragon Rapide) operated by a museum, crashed shortly after takeoff. The flight took place after Saturday's show ended around 5:30 p.m. PT.

Emergency personnel were already on the field for the airshow and responded quickly.

Two in serious condition

Five people on board were taken to local hospitals with varying injuries.

B.C. Emergency Health Services says of the five on board, three were transported by ground in stable condition and two by air in serious condition.

The Abbotsford International Airport closed briefly due to the crash.

The Transportation Safety Board has deployed a team of investigators to the site. The board is dedicated to making advancements in transportation safety and doesn't assign fault or liability for crashes.

During the three-day aviation festival, pilots fly civilian and military planes in aerobatic stunts and performances.

The show, which is held at the Abbotsford International Airport, is expected to proceed as scheduled on Sunday.

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Corrections

  • A previous version of this story included a photo of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds in flight. The plane involved in the crash was a 1930s-era biplane. The previous photo has been removed.
    Aug 12, 2018 12:40 PM PT