The Royal Canadian Air Force has suffered a tragic loss after a CF Snowbirds aircraft crashed in Kamloops, British Columbia. Shortly after takeoff, a CT-114 Tutor crashed and burst into flames in a residential area. Capt. Jennifer Casey, the team’s public affairs officer, was killed while the pilot Capt. Richard MacDougall sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries and he’s currently receiving treatment.
Following the devastating news, here’s a tribute to Capt. Jenn Casey & Capt. Richard MacDougall – a short video of CF Snowbirds.
The Snowbirds are the same as the US Navy’s Blue Angels. They’re comprised of members of the Canadian Armed Forces and National Defence Public Service Employees and perform air shows.
In a statement, Defense Minister Harjit S. Sajjan said: “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.”
Investigation is still ongoing.