Emergency crews responded after a Canadian National Exhibition air show plane’s landing gear collapsed at Toronto Pearson International Airport Friday afternoon.
“Everybody’s okay. There’s no injuries. All is good,” said Peel Regional Police Constable Thomas Ruttan said.
There were two pilots in the plane at the time, Constable Ruttan said.
Peel Regional Paramedic Services headed to the scene on “standby,” or “just in case,” but turned around midway after being told they weren’t needed, spokesman Dave Woodcock said.
Friday was the practice day for pilots to run through their routines, in preparation for the weekend before returning to Pearson airport, Air show spokeswoman Colleen McCourt said. All planes have returned to the airport and the show is set to go on as scheduled, she said.
“The damage was minor and the pilot is OK,” Ms. McCourt said. “Everything so far is good to go.”
The incident caused no service interruptions at Pearson, she said.
Ms. McCourt confirmed the bright yellow Royal Canadian Air Force plane is part of the Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team. The Harvard aircraft was part of the Canadian International Air Show’s inaugural display 65 years ago. A four-plane team was set to perform at this year’s show to toast its 65th anniversary, according to the air show’s website.
She said mechanics will determine whether the plane will participate this weekend.
She said the plane taxied back to a ramp on its own, but it’s still not clear if it will take part in the air show.
“That I can’t answer but I can tell you it taxied in under its own power, which I’m happy about,” Ms. McCourt said.
The Canadian International Air Show takes place every Labour Day weekend, featuring aerobatic performances by fighter jets and various other airplanes.
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