A Canadian Forces Snowbird has died following a plane crash in Kamloops, BC on Sunday.
The Snowbirds have been touring across the interior of BC as part of their Operation Inspiration cross-Canada tour to increase morale during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sunday’s crash was captured and shared on social media by local residents who witnessed the incident in the North Shore area of Kamloops.
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.
Captain Casey was a former journalist from Halifax, Nova Scotia who served as a Public Affairs officer for the Canadian Armed Forces.
Tributes have since poured out on social media, remembering Captain Casey as positive, kind, and always smiling.
The RCAF has suffered another tragic loss of a dedicated member of the RCAF team. We are deeply saddened and grieve alongside Jenn’s family and friends. Our thoughts are also with the loved ones of Captain MacDougall. We hope for a swift recovery from his injuries. – Comd RCAF pic.twitter.com/8U41bdVqcU
— Royal Canadian Air Force (@RCAF_ARC) May 18, 2020
Almost 2 years ago, I met Capt Jenn Casey when I had the privilege of flying in one of the @CFSnowbirds. She was a light & a positive ball of energy, & I am so heart-broken to know that more people will not be as lucky as I was to have met her. 💔#Snowbirds #OpInspiration #RIP pic.twitter.com/oxOdYA3ebW
— Heather Moyse (@HeatherMoyse) May 18, 2020
Jenn’s beautiful smile is one to remember. Such a sad loss but now flying & smiling with the angels. https://t.co/WvoqNLHny1
— Lt. Gov. Judy Foote (@judy_foote) May 18, 2020
— Tracy Campbell (@campbell_tray) May 18, 2020
— Dan Janisse (@winstarjanisse) May 18, 2020