UPDATE: CF Snowbirds jet crashes in Kamloops
A member of the Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds team has died after a jet crashed in Kamloops, B.C. on Sunday.
The Snowbirds made the announcement on Twitter stating that two members were operating the aircraft. Capt. Jennifer Casey died as a result of the crash the other member, Capt. Richard MacDougall sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
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/UZKJa6OT3S
— CF Snowbirds (@CFSnowbirds) May 18, 2020
Kamloops Airport first confirmed the incident around 12:30 p.m. local time and said emergency crews and airport aircraft rescue fleet workers were responding to the crash. The Royal Canadian Air Force confirmed the crash shortly after and said they were working to assist emergency personnel.
Videos on various social media platforms began circulating showing a jet crashing shortly after take off. No details on why the jet crashed have been released.
The Snowbirds began “Operation Inspiration” earlier this month in Nova Scotia as boosting morale for Canadians who have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement released on Sunday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his sympathy to everyone involved.
“For the past two weeks, the Snowbirds have been flying across the country to lift up Canadians during these difficult times. Every day, they represent the very best of Canada and demonstrate excellence through incredible skill and dedication. Their flyovers across the country put a smile on the faces of Canadians everywhere and make us proud,” the statements reads. “Sophie and I join all Canadians in offering our heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of Captain Jennifer Casey. All Canadians are with you during this difficult time.”