Canada Military Jet Crashes Into British Columbia Neighborhood, Sets House on Fire

A Canadian military jet crashed onto a residential area in Kamloops, British Columbia, on Sunday, setting a house on fire and leaving debris scattered throughout the neighborhood.

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds confirmed the crash in a statement posted to Twitter Sunday afternoon. "A Canadian Forces Snowbirds aircraft has crashed in the vicinity of Kamloops, BC," the statement read. "Our priority at this time is determining the status of our personnel and supporting emergency personnel. When appropriate, more information will be made available."

A Canadian Forces Snowbirds aircraft has crashed in the vicinity of Kamloops, BC. Our priority at this time is determining the status of our personnel and supporting emergency personnel. When appropriate, more information will be made available.

— CF Snowbirds (@CFSnowbirds) May 17, 2020

One video of the incident shared to social media showed at least one person ejecting from the plane before it crashed and burst into flames. Residents in the area, who poured onto the streets after the crash, later told CP24 that debris was scattered everywhere and a house had been set on fire.

The crash occurred moments before noon on Sunday after the plane took off from Kamloops Airport in British Columbia, according to CBC.

Witnesses told local news outlets that the jet appeared to be following another when it shot upwards before suddenly nose diving towards the ground. British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix said paramedics and air ambulances were immediately dispatched to the scene and one individual was transported to hospital for treatment. It is currently unclear whether there were more injuries or any deaths related to the incident.

"This is a developing situation," the Department of National Defence said in a statement. "Our number one priority at this time is determining the status of our personnel, the community and supporting emergency personnel."

Police have asked the public to stay away from the area and for anyone who caught the crash on video to turn over footage to authorities.

Resident Annette Schoneville told CBC that she witnessed the jet crash as she was having coffee with friends nearby. "The one plane continued and the other one ... was a ball of fire," she said. "No noise, it was strange, and then the plane just did a cartwheel and fell right out of the sky. Just boom, straight down, and then a burst of black, black smoke."

Another witness, Nolyn McLeod, who lives close to where the plane fell, told the news outlet that he saw the pilot eject from "maybe two storeys high, and then the plane with no pilot in it went right between me and my neighbour's house."

Newsweek reached out to the Canadian Forces Snowbirds for additional information. This story will be updated with any response.

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An aerial view of Canadian Forces Snowbirds as they fly over the city on June 17, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Tom Szczerbowski/Getty