5 people injured, 1 critically after plane crashes following Abbotsford Airshow
Five people have been taken to hospital after a vintage plane crashed following the Abbotsford International Airshow.
Abbotsford Police now say that one person is in critical condition, one has suffered serious injuries and the other three suffered non-life threatening injuries.
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The plane has been confirmed as a 1930s-era de Havilland Dragon Rapide biplane.
A U.S.-based museum taking part in the airshow had been offering flights aboard the plane, which experienced difficulties shortly after takeoff and crashed at about 5:30 p.m.
Airshow flight demonstrations had wrapped up shortly beforehand.
The airshow first confirmed that an “incident” had taken place after the conclusion of the day’s scheduled events, and said first responders were on scene.
A witness told Global News the plane went down right after takeoff.
“It just took off, he just got airborne and then he caught a gust of wind, because it’s gusting form that direction, and he caught his wing and it just spun him into the ground,” said Neil Aldred, who was at the airfield.
Aldred said there was no fire, and that first responders arrived quickly at the scene.
According to the airshow, multiple emergency resources were already on hand on the airfield and were able to respond immediately.
The BC Ambulance Service says it transported two people to hospital by air ambulance, and three others by ground ambulance.
Abbotsford Police has confirmed that the Transportation Safety Board will be conducting an investigation into the crash.
The Airport will remain closed until 9 p.m., and despite the crash, the Abbotsford Airshow will continue as scheduled on Sunday.
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