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Captain Andy Mackay

RCAF Snowbirds Display Team
431 Sqn.
CF-114 Tutor   Wednesday 24th August 2005

Snowbird jet crashes in Ontario

Captain Andrew Mackay, 39, from Orleans, Ontario, is in his fourth year with the Snowbirds. He flies the No. 8 jet as the Opposing Solo.

August 24, 2005

THUNDER BAY, ON. -  A Canadian Forces Snowbird pilot safely ejected from his CT-114 Tutor jet Wednesday, August 24 at about 5:25 p.m. in Thunder Bay, Ont., during the warm-up phase before the Thunder in the Air Airshow.

Captain Andy Mackay, Snowbird 8, sustained some injuries during the ejection.  He is receiving medical care at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Services Centre.  Next of kin have been notified.

 “Our main focus at the moment is Captain Andy Mackay’s well being,” said Major Ian McLean, commanding officer, Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

 Thunder Bay Emergency Medical Services responded immediately and Captain Andy Mackay was recovered within 15 minutes of ejecting from his jet.

 The site has been secured for a flight safety investigation.
(official press release CAF)

Canadian Military secure the crash site
Sincere thanks to Photo Journalist Sandi Krasowski of "The Chronicle Journal, Thunder Bay" who  emailed her exclusive photos to this website and the support she and members of the "Journal" have given with this ejection and other Snowbird details.

[more details to follow as soon as they are obtained]

Crash Site Photographs kind permission of

White smoke rises up from the crash site in Thunder Bay, Ont.
This exclusive photograph shows the wreckage of the crashed Snowbird.
This exclusive photograph shows the wreckage of the crashed Snowbird.
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Captain Andy Mackay

After the incident, Captain Andy Mackay  was taken to Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, where he was seen walking on his own around 6:15 p.m




                                                     photo Sandi Krasowski
Thunder Bay Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze from a Canadair CT-114 Tutors Snowbird aircraft that crashed just minutes before a planned air show.
[ The Chronicle Journal, Thunder Bay]


Canadian Air Force Public Affairs / Department of National Defence
Captain Jennifer Jones
Brandon Sun online
The Chronicle Journal, Thunder Bay
Sandi Krasowski