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Snowbird who died was former broadcast journalist

The Snowbird Crash in Kamloops yesterday claimed the life of a talented Canadian Forces communicator. Capt. Jennifer Casey, a public affairs officer for the demonstration squadron, and former journalist, died in the crash, which appeared to occur shortly after takeoff. Capt. Richard MacDougall, who was also in the plane, was suffered serious, but non life-threatening injuries.

The Snowbirds, who were in Southern Ontario a week ago, were on a cross-country Operation Inspiration tour, saluting health-care and other essential workers, flying over hospitals and residential neighbourhoods to spread cheer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Snowbirds issued a statement late Sunday.

“The RCAF has suffered another tragic loss of a dedicated member of the RCAF team. We are deeply saddened and grieve alongside Jenn’s family and friends. Our thoughts are also with the loved ones of Captain MacDougall. We hope for a swift recovery from his injuries.”

Captain Jennifer Casey was from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She joined the Canadian Armed Forces in August 2014 as a direct entry officer. Prior to joining she spent several years working in radio as a reporter, anchor, and producer in both Halifax and Belleville. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of King’s College, and a Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies from Royal Roads University.

Capt. Jennifer Casey, from her radio days. Courtesy: Scott Simpson

Her first assignment as a Public Affairs Officer was at 8 Wing Trenton, the Royal Canadian Air Force’s home of air mobility. She spent the 2018 season with the CF-18 Demo Team, travelling North America and the United Kingdom with the NORAD 60 jet. Captain Casey joined the Canadian Forces Snowbirds in November 2018.

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