At least one person was killed and another seriously injured Sunday when a Canadian Forces Snowbirds aircraft crashed in Kamloops, British Columbia, according to the Royal Canadian Air Force.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce that one member of the CF Snowbirds team has died and one has sustained serious injuries,” the RCAF said on Twitter, adding that more information would be available shortly.Capt. Jennifer Casey was identified as the deceased victim. She was the team’s public affairs officer, according to a press release from the National Defence Canadian Armed Forces.
Casey was from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and joined the Canadian soldiers in August 2014 as an immediate entry officer, consistent with her RCAF biography. before that, she had been a broadcast radio reporter, anchor and producer in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Belleville, Ontario, the biography said.
“To the family of Captain Jenn Casey we send our condolences, know that she was an idea to several and she or he are going to be missed,” said Gen. Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff for the Canadian soldiers .Capt. Richard MacDougall, the pilot of the aircraft, was injured within the crash and is being treated for his injuries, the Canadian soldiers release said.
The Snowbirds are almost like the US Blue Angels
Authorities first received reports around 11:42 a.m. (2:42 p.m. ET) that a Snowbird plane had crashed into a residence on Glenview Avenue in Kamloops, about 150 miles northeast of Vancouver, consistent with a press release Sunday afternoon from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The Snowbirds perform air shows for the Canadian public, almost like the US Navy’s Blue Angels.The team — comprising members of the Canadian soldiers and National Defence Public Service Employees — began a cross-country tour May 2 to honor “Canadians doing their part to fight the spread of Covid-19,” consistent with a press release on its website.
“Canadians check out the Snowbirds as a source of joy and an exhibition of the incredible feats that our people in uniform are capable of,” said Harjit S. Sajjan, the Minister of National Defence. “Operation INSPIRATION was intended to lift the spirit of Canadians at this difficult time and therefore the Snowbirds accomplished their mission. i do know that each one Canadians grieve this tragic loss.”
The RCMP and other safety and regulatory authorities are investigating what may need caused the crash.”This was a tragic scene that had an enormous response from emergency vehicles, not something you’d expect you’d expect within the middle of an extended weekend in Kamloops,” said the city’s Mayor Ken Christian.
The military indicated they’re sending an investigation team to Kamloops, Christian said.
“In the meantime the ‘Birds’ are grounded here in Kamloops,” he said, adding that he had spoken by phone with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Defense Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan.Anyone who might have filmed the incident is asked to contact the Kamloops RCMP.”My thoughts are with the brave members of the (Royal Canadian Air Force),” Trudeau said on Twitter.
Source: CNN NEWS