Social media is sending condolences to the Canadian Forces Snowbirds following a Sunday crash that killed one crew member and injured another. Capt. Jenn Casey, a member of the Canadian Armed Forces since 2014, was killed when the CT-114 jet crashed in a residential Kamloops, British Columbia, neighborhood shortly after takeoff. Capt. Richard MacDougall, who was piloting the aircraft, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
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. - Comd RCAF pic.twitter.com/UZKJa6OT3S— CF Snowbirds (@CFSnowbirds) May 18, 2020
The deadly crash occurred as the Snowbird performed another flyover as part of Operation Inspiration. The cross country tour is meant "to salute Canadians doing their part to fight the spread of COVID-19" amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the team's website. WAPT reports that in the wake of the crash, the Snowbirds will remain grounded for the time being.
The fatal accident shocked social media. As news of the accident surfaced online, many flocked to the Canadian Forces Snowbrids Twitter account to react and send their condolences to the team. Keep scrolling to see how social media is reacting to the tragedy.
RIP Captain Jennifer Casey 😢💔— Tom Podolec Aviation (@TomPodolec) May 18, 2020
The team was so happy when they visited Toronto Pearson Airport last weekend. They brought joy, smiles, hope and inspiration to many Canadians across Canada during this very difficult time. 🇨🇦
Blue skies Jenn. https://t.co/TSTQrFrov1 pic.twitter.com/undLpyMQnp
Condolences to the family of Capt. Casey. 💔 pic.twitter.com/jCs4gb42zP— MrsJBragg (@MrsJBragg) May 18, 2020
Condolences 🙏🙏such a tradgic ending to a Beautiful Cause,,Operation Inspiration 💜❤— 🌹Victoria Brockie🌻 (@VictoriasValley) May 18, 2020
Prayers for Snowbird Family
A nation mourns this tragic loss. 🇨🇦
Sending condolences to friends and family.
May those grieving be comforted with cherished memories and find support through love and compassion.— Send Paramedics (@Send_Paramedics) May 18, 2020
What you guys did for #OpInspiration inspired hope into this country. You helped us when we needed it most. Now, it's our turn to return the favour.
RIP Capt. Jenn Casey. Canada is with you.#snowbirdsstrong— Jayden (@johnh401) May 18, 2020
There are a lot of broken hearts in NS again tonight. My condolences to Captain Casey's family friends and of course you her teammates. Speedy recovery to Captain MacDougall. 💔🇨🇦😔— Fireman620🇨🇦 (@firemanhood) May 18, 2020
When I took this video never have I imagined how much it would mean to me, especially now! It touched my heart like so many here in NS. Words can’t express how I feel for you, your teammates and Jennifer’s family. RIP Jennifer and thank you 😢💔 pic.twitter.com/wm7XkYeVz1— 💫🌛🔮🌜Amanda🌛🔮🌜💫 (@Medium1982) May 18, 2020
You brought such joy to the country. Let the country now comfort you. R.I.P. Capt. Jennifer Casey pic.twitter.com/265Hqy0VoF— Michelle Peer 🇨🇦 (@AlpacaKaraoke) May 17, 2020
Over the past few weeks 9 small but mighty planes lifted the spirits of 36 Million people at a time they really needed it. Thank you. This gesture - like your teammate - will never be forgotten. So sorry for your loss. We share in this heartbreak with you.— Jonathan Torrens (@TorrensJonathan) May 17, 2020
My thoughts are with the family of the fallen member and the whole snowbirds team. The hearts of Canada are broken. Hoping for a full and speedy recovery for the other member. Thanks to the team for all you do and my heart is truly broken. It’s a sad day all across the country 😭— Derek (@DerekWilliams82) May 17, 2020
Such tragic and heartbreaking news to hear! There is so much love heading your way from across Canada. We all share your pain and offer our support. Thank you for all that you’d done for us. You’re in our hearts.— Rbcca (@_narcessa) May 17, 2020
Very heavy hearts for all Canadian’s tonight for the team and their families at this difficult time. Thank you for your service and trying to spread some joy.🇨🇦💔🙏— Suzanne McRae (@smmcrae72) May 17, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time 😞🙏 pic.twitter.com/DEehwM1LfM— Peter Lazoryk (@PeterLazoryk) May 18, 2020
Our hearts are with you. pic.twitter.com/vGXfDTCYFp— Vickie Somers #TeamCanada (@SoMersVick) May 18, 2020