Canadian Jet Honoring Frontline Workers Crashes, Kills 1 Person

Monday, May 18th 2020, 6:49 am
By: Rachel Roberts

KAMLOOPS, B.C. Canada -

One person is dead and another hurt after a jet crash during a pandemic air show in Canada.

The jets are from Canada's Snowbirds Team with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

The jets take off, but then one plane peels off.

While plummeting to the ground, two loud bangs could be heard as the people inside eject.

First responders rushed the pilots to the hospital as crowds gathered in a Kamloops neighborhood.

“There was a large amount of debris in and around a three-home proximity. One home was significantly damaged by fire, and all agencies were working together appropriately,” said Mike Adams.

Sunday night the snowbirds announced Captain Jenn Casey, a public affairs officer with the Canadian forces, had died.

The pilot of the aircraft is being treated for injuries that officials said are not life-threatening.

No one on the ground was hurt.

The jets were flying as part of "Operation Inspiration," which was aimed at boosting morale during the pandemic.

For now, the planes are grounded pending an investigation.