One member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) was killed on May 17, 2020, and another, Captain Richard MacDougall, was injured in an accident involving a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CT-114 Tutor aircraft near Kamloops, British Columbia.
Captain Jennifer Casey, the Snowbirds’ Public Affairs Officer, died in the accident. Captain Casey was from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She joined the Canadian Armed Forces in August 2014 as a direct entry officer, and joined the Snowbirds team in November 2018.
“I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of one of our Canadian Armed Forces members in a tragic incident involving one of our Snowbirds’ aircraft in Kamloops, British Columbia,” said Minister of National Defence Harjit S. Sajjan, “I am sending my sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Captain Jenn Casey. I am also wishing a rapid and complete recovery for Captain Richard MacDougall.
“Canadians look at the Snowbirds as a source of joy and an exhibition of the incredible feats that our people in uniform are capable of. Operation Inspiration was intended to lift the spirit of Canadians at this difficult time, and the Snowbirds accomplished their mission. I know that all Canadians grieve this tragic loss.”
Captain Richard MacDougall, the pilot of the aircraft and one of the team’s coordinators, is being treated for his injuries.
“Another tragedy has hit our Canadian Armed Forces,” said General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff….