Snowbirds' public affairs officer killed in BC crash

Tuesday, 19 May, 2020

Crew member Capt. Jennifer Casey died in the crash, the Canadian Armed Forces said in a statement Sunday.

The Canadian Forces confirmed Captain Jenn Casey was the sole victim of the accident, while another pilot, Captain Richard MacDougall, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. "Losing altitude and unable to recover engine power, the pilot elected to eject as the aircraft was too low to attempt a safe recovery to an airport".

Investigations into the cause of the crash continue.

The crash left debris scattered across the neighborhood near the airport in the city of Kamloops, 260 miles (418 kilometers) northeast of Vancouver, on Sunday.

This photo posted to Facebook shows a piece of the Snowbird jet after it crashed into a Brocklehurst neighbourhood on May 17, 2020.

A witness told CBC News there was "no noise" when the plane went down.

According to her online profile with the Air Force, Casey has been with the Snowbirds since November 2018. She had also worked with the Canadian CF-18 Demo Team.

The plane seen prior to crashing in Kamloops in this still image obtained from a social-media video
The plane seen prior to crashing in Kamloops in this still image obtained from a social-media video

She held a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of King's College, and a Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies from Royal Roads University.

Rescue of a person on a roof after Snowbird plane crashes in Kamloops. The @CanadianForces are working with local authorities & will update as information becomes available.

Like the helicopter crash that claimed six fine Canadians April 29 over the Ionian Sea near Greece, this was a Canadian military operation and Casey was killed in the line of duty.

Casey joined the Canadian Forces in 2014 and was based out of Trenton, Ont., according to her Royal Canadian Air Force bio. Matthew Cousins, Sub-Lt. Matthew Pyke and Capt. Maxime Miron-Morin. They were: Capt. Kevin Hagen, Sub-Lt.

"Our number one priority at this time is determining the status of our personnel, the community and supporting emergency personnel", the RCAF said in a brief statement.

He and his parents rushed out to the back balcony, where they saw what appeared to be a pilot ejecting from the snowbird and landing hard on a roof nearby. The last one was when the Snowbirds were scheduled to do an airshow in the United States, in Georgia. It's the second crash of a Snowbirds aircraft in less than a year. A Snowbirds flyby with one plane missing in their formation would be a nice touch, too. The other pilot survived.