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Homecoming ceremony to be live-streamed honouring Snowbirds member who died in Kamloops plane crash

Snowbirds public affairs officer Capt. Jenn Casey is pictured in this photo from Twitter. Capt. Casey died in the crash of a Tutor jet in Kamloops.
Image Credit: TWITTER / @CFSnowbirds
May 23, 2020 - 8:30 AM

A homecoming ceremony will be held tomorrow for Capitan Jennifer Casey, who died in a Kamloops Snowbirds plane crash last weekend.

Julie Payette, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will attend the homecoming ceremony for Casey at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Sunday, May 24,, at 5 p.m. ADT, according to a Canadian Forces news release.

Casey was a public affairs officer with the Snowbirds air demonstration team and was killed last weekend while supporting Operation INSPIRATION, which payed tribute to all those working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the release.

READ MORE: Kamloops residents show support for officers on duty following Snowbird crash

She died after one of the snowbirds crashed in a Kamloops neighbourhood, May 17. The pilot of the aircraft, Snowbird 11 Captain Richard MacDougall, is currently recovering at Royal Inland Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening, injuries.

The Royal Canadian Air Force is currently investigating the cause of the crash, which remains unknown at this time.

READ MORE: Snowbird pilot was in worst possible scenario before crash, former Air Force pilot, trainer says

The ceremony will be live-streamed on the CF Snowbirds, Royal Canadian Air Force and Canadian Armed Forces Facebook pages.

Kamloops recently held its own memorial for Casey. The local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion held a ceremony at the Kamloops airport, May 21

A petition has also been started to rename Airport Road in Kamloops to Capt. J. Casey Memorial Way. As of Saturday morning, it has gathered more than 36,000 signatures.

 


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