The serenity of an early fall afternoon was shattered when a plane did an emergency landing in a field in Brooks Sunday, near Grant Road.
The plane was part of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds that was performing at an airship at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Fayette County Fire and EMS responded to the downed plane and located the crash site in a field.
“The pilot was located and was OK, but per protocol was transported via medical transport helicopter for evaluation. No injuries were reported on the ground, and there was no reported damage to any homes or other structures. The crash is being investigated by the appropriate authorities,” officials said.
Later Sunday, a statement was released from the fight organization.
“At approximately 1:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time today, Captain Kevin Domon-Grenier, Snowbird 5 with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, was forced to eject from his CT-114 Tutor aircraft shortly before the team’s performance in Atlanta. We’re very grateful that Captain Domon-Grenier made it safely to the ground. He was taken to hospital as a precaution and has since been released. He remained calm throughout the entire incident which is a testament to his skill and professionalism. The plane crashed in an unpopulated area and no one was injured.
“At this time the precise circumstances leading up to the ejection are not known. The crash site has been secured by local law enforcement, and the immediate Flight Safety response is being coordinated on the ground by the team’s Flight Safety Officer. An investigation team from the Directorate of Flight Safety in Ottawa will travel to Georgia within the next 24 hours to conduct a flight safety investigation to determine the cause of the incident. The RCAF Flight Safety Investigation team is coordinating their efforts with the United States Air Force Safety Center and the Federal Aerospace Administration.”
“We want to thank the Atlanta Airshow for its timely and professional response, the first responders from Fayette County and Henry County who attended the scene, and the pilots from the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation who launched a helicopter to check on Kevin’s wellbeing. We also owe thanks to our colleagues, the USAF Thunderbirds, who did not hesitate to jump in and help the team as we dealt with the situation. Finally, I want to thank my dedicated team of professionals who maintained their composure through this incident,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Mike French.