Drumming memorial organized to support snowbirds after member dies in Kamloops plane crash

Balloons have also been put up at the intersection of Glenview Road and Crestline Street in Kamloops following a snowbird plane crash that left one member dead, May 17.
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A Kamloops resident is organizing a drumming session to honour the Canadian Forces Snowbirds after they lost a member in a plane crash yesterday.

The snowbirds were set to fly from Kamloops to Comox yesterday morning, when one of the planes veered off course and crashed in a Brocklehurst neighbourhood, May 17.

While a video shows two members being ejected from the plane, only one survived.

Captain Jennifer Casey, the team’s public affairs officer, originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, was killed in the crash and Captain Richard MacDougall, one of the team’s coordinators and pilot of the aircraft, was injured and is currently in the hospital, according to the Canadian Forces in an emailed statement.

READ MORE: Canadians honouring woman killed in Kamloops snowbird plane crash

Patricia Noelle‎ posted her event in various Facebook groups stating that "many of us were in awe about the Snowbirds being in town, boosting our moral during this challenging time. Tonight, we mourn Captain Casey and grieve alongside the entire Snowbird family and aircraft family."

A drumming and singing event will be held this afternoon along Airport Road starting at roughly 1 p.m., she posted on Facebook.

READ MORE: Snowbird crash: Video shows two people being ejected from plane before crash in Kamloops neighbourhood

The snowbirds were flying across Canada as part of Operation Inspiration, to boost Canadian morale in times of the COVID-19 pandemic and to show support for frontline workers.

Andrea Holt watched the crash from her house yesterday, and wanted to do something to show her support. She's left messages of support for the snowbirds on a chain-link fence near the Kamloops airport.

"I felt like we should be doing that they could see so I told some people and we stuck up hearts... and now the whole fence is filled up," she said.

Noelle could not be immediately reached for comment.


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