On Sunday, a CT-114 Tutor jet trainer with Canada's 413 Air Demonstration Squadron, "The Snowbirds", crashed in Kamloops, British Columbia. The aircraft was part of a cross country flyover tour called Operation Inspiration. The intent of operation is to lift the spirits of Canadians during the current pandemic, according to the government. Sadly, one member of the Snowbirds was killed and another was injured due to the crash. Captain Jenn Casey, a public affairs officer with the squadron, was killed at some point during the incident. She joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2014 after several years of working as a journalist in Halifax, according to her online bio. Captain Richard MacDougall, the plane's pilot, ejected from the aircraft and sustained serious, but non-life threatening, injuries. This is the second deadly crash for the Royal Canadian Air Force in less than three weeks, after a helicopter crash off the coast of Greece led to the deaths of all six crew members on board. This is also the second crash for the Snowbirds in less than a year, after a jet from the squadron crashed in the US state of Georgia, injuring the pilot. An CAF Flight Safety Team will be investigating the crash.
Our thoughts and prayers from Mission Essential Gear are going out to the Canadian Armed Forces and their families in this difficult time. Stay safe and have a good one,