An air force jet crashed shortly after takeoff and crashed into a house, killing the captain and injuring several others.
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds plane took part in a nationwide tour to boost morale during the coronavirus pandemic.
Video taken by witnesses showed two of the single-engine planes taking off from Kamloops Airport in British Columbia on Sunday morning.
One of the planes is quickly spotted and quickly wins in the sky before rolling over and crashing into the ground.
A few seconds before the loud bang, a member of the crew seems to eject himself from the plane.
A man says, “It just crashed.”
A woman replies incredulously, “What? Oh my God.”
Officials in Kamloops, Canada’s West Coast province, said the jet hit a residential home and caused a fire.
Dana Hings, a resident, told the local media, “I am a retired nurse, so of course I went into the backyard and there was a woman on the plane.
“We worked on her for a while, but … she had catastrophic injuries.”
The Royal Canadian Air Force announced later in the day, “It is with a heavy heart that we announce that one member of the CF Snowbirds team has died and one has been seriously injured.”
The squadron later confirmed that Captain Jennifer Casey, the public affairs officer, was killed.
Another crew member, Captain Richard MacDougall, was seriously injured but was expected to recover.
The Snowbirds perform aerobatic stunts to the public, similar to Red Arrows in the UK or the American Blue Angels.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “deeply saddened by the tragic loss.”
“The Snowbirds have been flying all over the country for the past two weeks to lift Canadians in these difficult times,” he said.
“Their flyovers across the country are putting a smile on Canadians’ faces everywhere and making us proud. Sophie and I join all Canadians in expressing our heartfelt condolences to Captain Jennifer Casey’s family and loved ones.”