Pilot Captain Brian Bews,Ejects As Jet Crashes…Defies Death!!!(Raw Video)
Something catastrophic went wrong with the CF-18 that Captain Brian Bews was piloting, during a demonstration at an air show in Alberta,Canada called the 2010 Alberta International Airshow, which took place this weekend.(Source)
The 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 luckily, the pilot was able to eject from the plummeting plane before it hit the runway.
Doesn’t it seem like a lot of bad crashes happen at air shows?
I’m glad this pilot survived, it is a testament to his training for these situations.
Captain Holly Brown said pilots like Captain Bews, who is stationed in Quebec, go through rigorous training…”Obviously, he knew there was a problem and he successfully ejected from the aircraft and he survived,”…”He’s alive and it’s very good news.”(Source)
Here is an image from a similar,horrific jet crash at an air show, where there were fatalities…
The Calgary Herald published the first words from Captain Brian Bews…
…”Capt. Brian Bews of CFB Cold Lake suffered compression fractures in three vertebrae after ejecting from the jet during a training run for the Alberta International Airshow at the Lethbridge County Airport.
“I feel extremely lucky considering the magnitude of the accident; Martin Baker is my new best friend!” said Bews, referring to the brand name of the ejection seat.
“I will be concentrating on rest for the next while, but will make a complete recovery. I would like to thank the Canadian Forces SkyHawks and the other first responders for their quick reaction to the accident, as well as the staff at the Lethbridge hospital who have taken such great care of me…
“I would also like to thank my family, friends, my demo team and my air show family for their amazing support since the accident.“(SOURCE)
The investigation into the jet crash is still ongoing.