One Dead In Canadian Forces Snowbirds Jet Crash

One Dead In Canadian Forces Snowbirds Jet Crash

Captain Jenn Casey of the Canadian Air Force's 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Snowbirds, was killed and another crew member was seriously injured after their Canadair CT-114 Tutor aircraft hit a residential neighborhood shortly before noon local time in the city of Kamloops, British Columbia. According to local media, one crew member was able to eject before the aircraft crashed into the front yard of a home. The Royal Canadian Air Force and spokespeople from the nation's Department of National Defense says that the crew that managed to eject suffers serious injuries, and that the aviator's immediate family members were notified.


The crash happened not long after the jet took off, and local residents attempted to put out the fire after the plane crashed. Kamloops police are asking the public to avoid the crash site, and are asking anyone who may have captured the crash on video or in photographs to contact them. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his condolences while the Transpiration Safety Board has offered the Canadian Forces assistance with crash investigations


According to their official website and local newspapers, the Snowbirds military aerobatics team had been on a nation-wide tour as part of "Operation Inspiration" to salute Canadians and essential workers amid the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. The tour started earlier this month in the eastern province of Nova Scotia, but the team has been grounded until further notice.


Note: The first and last photos were retrieved from the public domain and can be used for any purpose including commercial purposes while the second photo used in this article is my own personal photo. 

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