Canada Bird strike might have caused Snowbird crash, early investigation finds
Nova Scotia flag being auctioned off in memory of Capt. Jenn Casey
A Nova Scotia flag that was flown over the province during the Canadian Snowbirds's Operation Inspiration is being auctioned off as a fundraiser in memory of Capt. Jenn Casey. Casey, 35, was a public affairs officer for the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and former journalist from Halifax. She died on May 17 when the aircraft she was in crashed after takeoff in Kamloops, B.C. Canadian air force crash investigators are looking at a bird strike as the probable cause of the crash.
OTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Air Force says it’s focusing on a bird strike as the reason a Snowbird plane crashed in British Columbia last month.
A preliminary investigation report posted today says a close look at video footage of the plane just before the crash showed a bird very close to the plane’s right engine intake “during the critical phase of take-off.”
The crash near Kamloops killed air force Capt. Jenn Casey, a public-affairs officer riding as a passenger, and seriously injured the pilot.
Though the plane crashed in a populated area, nobody on the ground was badly injured.
The Snowbirds were on a cross-country tour at the time of the crash, performing over cities and towns to try to raise morale a little amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The air force’s report says the investigation will continue to probe the possibility of a bird strike and whether the Tutor jet’s escape devices worked properly.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 1, 2020.
Ottawa’s Champlain Bridge reopens after fatal crash Wednesday evening .
RCMP say a cyclist died and a pedestrian remains in hospital with serious injuries after a car veered off the road near the Champlain Bridge Wednesday night.The RCMP is investigating the incident that occurred around 7 p.m. on Wednesday.