GREAT FALLS, Montana – A Canadian Forces Snowbird jet crashed Friday afternoon during rehearsal for weekend performances at Malmstrom Air Force Base, killing one person on board, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
During the maneuvers above the base, one plane broke from the formation and crashed, FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said. No one ejected from the single-engine jet, he said.
The Snowbirds perform high-speed, low-altitude maneuvers in nine Canadair CT-114 Tutors and are part of the Canadian Air Force.
The team was to perform Saturday and Sunday at Malmstrom's open house and sport autorama.
An event organizer said Malmstrom's open house would continue, but was uncertain if the Snowbirds would perform.