A member of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds died and another one was seriously injured when their plane crashed in Kamloops, British Columbia, according to the Royal Canadian Air Force.
The deceased was identified as Capt. Jennifer Casey. She was the team’s public affairs officer, according to a press release from the National Defense Canadian Armed Forces.
The Royal Canadian Air Force said on Twitter: “It is with heavy hearts that we announce that one member of the CF Snowbirds team has died and one has sustained serious injuries,” adding that more information would be available shortly.
Gen. Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defense Staff for the Canadian Armed Forces said,
“To the family of Captain Jenn Casey, we send our condolences, know that she was an inspiration to many and she will be missed.”
Casey was from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and joined the Canadian Armed Forces in August 2014 as a direct entry officer.
Before joining the RCAF, she was a broadcast radio reporter, anchor and producer in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Belleville, Ontario.
According to the Canadian Armed Forces release, the other person in the plane was Capt. Richard MacDougall, the pilot of the aircraft, was injured in the crash and is being treated for his injuries.
Similar to the US Navy’s Blue Angels, the Snowbirds perform air shows for the Canadian public.