According to organizers as of press deadline, the status of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds at this weekend’s Abbotsford International Airshow (AIA) has not changed.
The Snowbirds announced Wednesday (Aug. 3), that following a crash on Tuesday in Fort St. John, they would be unable to perform at the Penticton Peach Fest. They were scheduled to appear at the event on Wednesday.
AIA spokesperson Jadene Mah told The News that she has not heard otherwise from the Snowbirds and, as of press deadline, is expecting them to appear. They are scheduled to perform on Friday (Aug. 5) evening and close out the show on Saturday (Aug. 6) and Sunday (Aug. 7).
In the wake of the incident in Fort St John BC, on Tuesday, Aug 2, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will not be able to take part in the Penticton Peach Festival— CF Snowbirds (@CFSnowbirds) August 3, 2022
performance today, Wednesday, 3 August. We wish both the @PentictonPeachFestival and all attendees the very best! pic.twitter.com/7APGlmWAmQ
A Snowbirds plane crashed on takeoff in Fort St. John, and the pilot did not sustain any injuries but the aircraft was damaged.
One person died in a Snowbirds crash in Kamloops on May 17, 2020.
The Snowbirds had been flying across Canada that year in a cross-country celebration dubbed Operation Inspiration. It was created to boost morale for Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Snowbirds did appear at the AIA in 2021 and performed on all three days.
For more information on the show, visit abbotsfordairshow.com.