This Article is From Jul 26, 2010

Canadian jet crashes during practice run, pilot ejects safely

Alberta: A Canadian air force jet crashed and exploded in a ball of flames during a training run for a weekend international air show in Alberta, but the pilot was able to eject from the plummeting plane before it hit the runway.

The pilot, Capt. Brian Bews, who sustained a sore back and scraped-up arms, was treated at a hospital and released Friday.

Bews was practicing Friday in a CF-18 Hornet jet over Lethbridge County Airport for an international air show. The CF-18 he was flying is a model specifically used for air shows.

Witness Roland Booth told CTV News: "All of a sudden you could hear 'pop, pop, pop.' I saw sparks come out of the one engine. The plane started banking over to the side. That's when the pilot bailed out with his parachute."