A crane hooks up to a Tutor on the 15 wing runway on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 1, 2011. Carter Haydu photograph
Two pilots walked away after a Tutor jet from the Snowbirds demonstration sqaudron made a wheels-up landing at 15 Wing Moose Jaw.
The two pilots in the CT-114 were able to climb out of the damaged aircraft and were evaluated by medical staff after the crash landing at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Rescue crews and vehicles were on the scene shortly after the incident.
Under the provisions of the privacy act, the names of the Snowbirds pilots are not being released at this time.
Lt. Thomas Edelson said the Tutor was completing a routine flight when it “made a belly landing” and skidded across the runway.
“It landed gear up so the wheels were not extended,” he said.
Edelson said the cause of the accident is under investigation and it would not be helpful to speculate at this time.
“That will come out after the flight safety investigation,” he said.
Edelson said he could not say whether the pilots in the jet were new to the show team.
“This was a routine flight but with the Snowbirds that could be a lot of things. There was just one plane involved.”
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