POLITICS

Bird hits wing of Snowbird jet during season kick-off show in Moose Jaw

05/17/2012 11:15 EDT | Updated 07/17/2012 05:12 EDT
MOOSE JAW, Sask. - A Snowbird jet was damaged when it hit a bird during the aerobatic team's first show of the season.

The military precision flying team's performance over 15 Wing Moose Jaw on Wednesday was going well until one of the Tutor jets struck the bird.

Team lead Major Wayne Mott says they stopped the show so the pilot could land, then re-started the performance.

Mott says the minor damage to the plane should be fixed by Friday when the team leaves for a Winnipeg show this weekend.

The Snowbirds will perform at 39 air shows across North America in the 2012 season.

U.S. Brigadier General Jack Briggs, the deputy commander for the NORAD Region, watched it happen.

He said it was a great opportunity to see the pilots' precision manoeuvres in the air, but he also appreciated their leadership skills.

"We had a very, very minor issue out there but they made a very safe call," Briggs said. "To just err on the side of the conservative, that makes me very happy because I see leadership out there."

(CHAB)