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Snowbirds team member killed in tragic crash

RCAF Snowbirds (Image: Frank Kovalchek/CC2.0)

RCAF Snowbirds (Image: Frank Kovalchek/CC2.0)

A member of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Snowbirds has been tragically killed following a crash shortly after take-off yesterday from Kamloops airport.

A video of the accident shows a pair of Canadair CT114 Tutors, the type used by the Snowbirds take off before one pitches up before appearing to enter uncontrolled flight.

Both Pilot and Crew member are seen to eject but at a a low altitude and angle.

Captain Jennifer “Jenn” Casey, the teams Public Affairs Officer, was killed in the accident whilst the pilot, Captain Richard MacDougall, is being treated for serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

The Snowbirds had recently been taking part in “Operation Inspiration” trying to lift the mood of Canadians during the Coronavirus pandemic but were not taking part in a display or flypast at the time.

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