A statement from Lieutenant-Colonel Mike French, Commanding Officer of 431 (Air Demonstration) Squadron on the Canadian Forces Snowbirds CT-114 Tutor Crash in Kamloops, British Columbia

Statement

May 18, 2020 – Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

At approximately 11:45 am on May 17, 2020, shortly after take-off from Kamloops Airport, Snowbird 11, a Canadian Forces Snowbirds CT-114 Tutor, crashed into a nearby neighbourhood. Prior to the crash, the two person crew of the aircraft ejected. Tragically, Captain Jenn Casey, the team’s Public Affairs Officer, did not survive. The aircraft’s pilot, Captain Rich MacDougall survived with non-life threatening injuries.

The team is devastated by the loss of Jenn. She was the quintessential Public Affairs Officer. A tireless and energetic officer with a network of media contacts from her previous media career and savvy with social media which endeared her to the public. She absolutely loved what she did; she was one of the main reasons Op INSPIRATION has been so well received by the public. She had just received a 1 Canadian Air Division Commander’s coin in recognition of her stellar efforts and a nomination was being drafted for a Chief of the Defence Staff commendation.

Her loss is a serious blow to not only our Team, but to the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Armed Forces as a whole. I’ve spoken with …

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