Pilot Survives Air Show Practice Jet Crash

Pilot Survives Air Show Practice Jet Crash

Calgary : Canada | Jul 24, 2010 at 3:40 PM PDT
Views: Pending
Calgary Pits

A pilot was able to eject at the last minute when his CF-18 Hornet fighter jet crashed during an air show practice on Friday in Calgary, Canada. Captain Brian Bews survived the jet crash when he ejected at low altitude from the jet he was piloting just seconds before it nosedived into the ground and exploded on impact. The pilot was only 30 meters from the ground when he ejected and landed just outside the flames from the explosion.

The 36-year-old Bews was practicing at a local airport to perform at the Alberta International Air Show this weekend. A spokeswoman for 1 Canadian Air Division said Bews is a demonstration pilot for the CF-18 Hornet aircraft and has vast experience.

"Captain Bews, like any of our F-18 pilots, is highly trained, highly skilled and highly capable," spokesman Holly Brown said. "It's a long journey to become an F-18 pilot, and our demo pilots are exceptionally proven. It's an honor to be selected as a demo pilot. "Unfortunately today, something happened. He was going through his practice sessions and something happened. He had to eject and the aircraft impacted the airfield."

"He came in right over us, probably only 100 to 200 feet high," said Nathaniel Lockheart, a private pilot who witnessed the crash. "It looked like he lost power out of his right engine. Only one afterburner was on and it was burning red hot. He looked very close to stalling. I knew what was going to happen: he wasn't going to make it out of this one."

Bews parachuted down and landed dangerously close to the fireball, but he stood right up and his injuries were reportedly not life threatening.

"It looked like he was in the fire. We jumped the barbed wire fence to see if we could help," Lockheart said.

Federal Defense and Transportation departments officials are investigating the crash. The president of the air show association said the event will proceed today and Sunday. Canada's fleet of CF-18 Hornet fighter jets will continue to fly even as the caused the crash is investigated since officials believe it was an isolated incident.

1 of 2
Air Show Practice Jet Crash
Candadian pilot Brian Bews parachutes down after ejecting when his jet crashes during a practice for the Alberta International Airport Airshow
US Journalist is based in San Francisco, California, United States of America, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
Report Credibility
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear

News Stories

  • Amazing photos of pilot's jet crash escape

      Gulf Daily News
    A pilot's incredible escape from a jet crash in Canada has been captured on film and in a series of dramatic photographs. Captain Brian Bews ejected from the plane moments before it crashed to the ground and burst into flames before an airshow early...
  • Canadian Airforce pilot ejects from fighter jet moments before it crashes ...

      Mail Online UK
    As Captain Brian Bews, 36, of the Royal Canadian Air Force performed a daring low pass of an airfield yesterday, his CF-18 fighter jet suddenly stalled. But his quick reactions and his rocket-powered ejector seat saved his life as he was catapulted...
  • CF-18 Fighter Jet Pilot Ejects Moments Before Crash (VIDEO)

      Stupid Celebrities Gossip
    A CF-18 fighter jet crashed on Friday in Lethbridge as it was getting ready for the airshow in Alberta.  The pilot, Captain Brian Bews, managed to eject from the jet  right before the plane slammed into the ground and burst into flames.  Check out...
  • Air show goes on after jet crash

      Seattle Times
    The pilot safely ejected from the CF-18 jet moments before it crashed in a ball of flames. Alberta An international air show went ahead as scheduled this weekend following the fiery crash of an air force jet during a practice flight. The pilot safely...
  • Pilot ejects seconds from disaster

      The Australian
    Brian Bews was piloting the Canadian Air Force CF-18 fighter when the crash occurred at the Alberta International Airshow. Witnesses told the Calgary Herald that Bews managed to pull his parachute and eject from the plane only moments before it...
  • Air show goes on after jet crash

      AP Online
    Alberta (AP) — An international air show went ahead as scheduled this weekend following the fiery crash of an air force jet during a practice flight. The pilot safely ejected from the CF-18 jet moments before it crashed in a ball of flames.


  • Pilot of crashed CF-18 Hornet issues statement

    Submitted By: JaeLever | 5 days ago

    Statement from pilot of CF-18 Demo Hornet

    WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - (July 26) - Captain Brian Bews, the Canadian Forces 2010 Demo Hornet pilot who ejected from his CF-18 Hornet in Lethbridge, Alberta Friday has authorized





More From Allvoices

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report

Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.