Snowbirds accident: one died after a plane crash in British Columbia, Canada

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“It is with a heavy heart that we announce that one member of the CF Snowbirds team has died and one has suffered serious injuries”, the RCAF said on Twitter, adding that more information will be available soon.

The cap. Jennifer Casey has been identified as the deceased victim. He was a public affairs officer of the team, according to a press release from the Canadian National Defense Armed Forces.

Casey was from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and joined the Canadian Armed Forces in August 2014 as a direct entry officer, according to his RCAF biography. Previously, she had been a radio journalist, anchor and producer in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Belleville, Ontario, according to the biography.

“We send our condolences to Captain Jenn Casey’s family, we know it has been a source of inspiration for many and we will miss it,” said General Jonathan Vance, chief of staff of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Captain Richard MacDougall, the plane’s pilot, was injured in the accident and is being treated for his injuries, the Canadian military release said.

Snowbirds are similar to the United States Blue Angels

Authorities first received news around 11:42 (14:42 ET) that a Snowbird plane had crashed into a residence on Glenview Avenue in Kamloops, about 150 miles north-east of Vancouver, according to a Sunday afternoon statement by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The Snowbirds perform air shows for the Canadian public, similar to the American Navy Blue Angels.

The team – made up of members of the Canadian military and employees of the national defense public service – kicked off a field tour on May 2 to honor “Canadians doing their part to combat the spread of Covid-19”, according to a statement on its website.

“Canadians view the Snowbirds as a source of joy and a display of the incredible exploits that our people in uniform are capable of,” said Harjit S. Sajjan, national defense minister. “The INSPIRATION operation was intended to raise the spirit of Canadians in this difficult time and the Snowbirds have accomplished their mission. I know that all Canadians suffer from this tragic loss.”

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The RCMP and other security and regulatory authorities are investigating what may have caused the accident.

“This was a tragic scene that had a huge response from emergency vehicles, not something you would expect to expect in the middle of a long weekend in Kamloops,” said city mayor Ken Christian.

The military has indicated that they are sending an investigation team to Kamloops, said Christian.

“In the meantime, the” Birds “are rooted here in Kamloops,” he added, adding that he spoke on the phone with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Defense Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan.

Anyone who has been able to film the incident is invited to contact Kamloops RCMP.

“My thoughts are with the brave members of the (Royal Canadian Air Force),” Trudeau said on Twitter.

CNN’s Hollie Silverman, Deanna Hackney and Laura James contributed to this report.

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