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Canadian Forces Snowbirds plane lands safely after bird strike

A Canadian Forces Snowbirds pilot used emergency protocols to land their plane after it struck a bird during training today.

 It happened this morning shortly after takeoff from 19 Wing Comox. 

Canadian Forces Snowbirds Public Affairs Officer, Capt. Gabriel Ferris, says that declaring an emergency was a routine procedure.

“It doesn’t mean that the aircraft is on fire and that it is going to crash,” he said. “It’s just a normal procedure. The pilot was able to fly the aircraft without a problem. To declare an emergency basically just gives them priority to land at the airport..”

Ferris added that strikes are not that rare in the aviation world, either civilian or military.

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He added that once cleared by the maintenance team, the plane will return to normal operations. 

The training session continued since they have two spare aircraft on the ground.

Last year, a bird strike took the life of the team’s public affairs officer, Capt. Jennifer Casey.

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