Members of CF Snowbirds survey crash site of downed aircraft in Kamloops, British Columbia Canada 170520 CREDIT PA
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Investigation Begins Into Canadian Snowbirds Crash

Captain Jennifer Casey was killed when the aerobatic jet crashed in Kamloops on Sunday.

Members of CF Snowbirds survey crash site of downed aircraft in Kamloops, British Columbia Canada 170520 CREDIT PA

A team of military investigators have arrived in British Columbia to begin searching for answers behind Sunday's fatal Snowbirds jet crash.

One Canadian Armed Forces member was killed and another was seriously injured in the crash which the aerobatic team’s commander described as a combination of “worst-case scenarios”.

The eight-member flight investigation team was deployed from Ottawa to Kamloops, where one of the Snowbirds’ Tutor jets went down shortly after takeoff. 

Nobody on the ground was injured as the aircraft crashed into a residential neighbourhood.

The Canadian air demonstration team were performing as part of a cross-country tour, aimed at boosting morale during the coronavirus pandemic.

Captain Jennifer Casey, a team spokesperson, was killed in the incident, whilst pilot Captain Richard MacDougall sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Capt Casey joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2014 and had travelled North America and the UK with a separate demonstration team before joining the Snowbirds in November 2018.

Library image of a Snowbirds display in 2017 (Picture: Royal Canadian Air Force).

Speaking at the Snowbirds' base, CFB Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan, team commander Lieutenant Colonel Mike French said the tour had been suspended and the jets were subject to an "operational pause".

Lt Col French French would not speculate on the cause of the crash but insisted safety was the Snowbirds’ "No.1 priority".

He added each aircraft was torn down and rebuilt about every two years, as well as being subject to regular maintenance and checks prior to every flight.

The crash was the second for the Snowbirds since October.

Cover image: Members of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds at the scene of the crash in Kamloops (Picture: PA).