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Indigenous community in Kamloops pays tribute to injured Snowbird pilot

Last Updated May 22, 2020 at 9:08 am PDT

The Indigenous community in Kamloops paid tribute to the CF Snowbirds pilot in recovery after Sunday's crash. The group sang and danced for the captain. (Courtesy Instagram/RIHFound)
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Indigenous people in Kamloops paid tribute to Captain Richard MacDougall, who survived Sunday's Snowbirds crash

Captain Jennifer Casey was killed in the crash

KAMLOOPS (NEWS 1130) – The pilot who survived a crash that killed one person was met by beating drums and a crowd on Thursday, as he continues to recover in hospital.

Captain Richard MacDougall suffered serious injuries when the CF Snowbird jet he was piloting went down in Kamloops last weekend.

“Thank you to our Indigenous brothers, sisters and Elders for this sentimental tribute to the @cfsnowbirds,” a post on Instagram by the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation reads. “Drummers included the Secwepemc Child and Family Services Drumming Group and were joined by the very brave, Capt. Richard MacDougall at RIH.”

In the days since the deadly crash, the community in Kamloops has come together in a big way to show support to not just one another, but to the family and friends of MacDougall and Captain Jennifer Casey — who was killed in the crash, as well as the military.

Capt. Jenn Casey is seen in this undated handout photo from the Royal Canadian Air Force Twitter page. One member of the Canadian Armed Forces has died and another is injured after a Snowbird plane crashed in a residential area of Kamloops, B.C., on Sunday while on a cross-country tour meant to impart hope during the COVID-19 pandemic. Capt. Jenn Casey, a public affairs officer with the Canadian Forces, died in the incident, the Department of National Defence said Sunday night. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Twitter-@RCAF_ARC *MANDATORY CREDIT*

A memorial has been set up at the Kamloops airport where hearts, flowers, and messages of support adorn a chain link fence at the end of the runway.

A memorial has been set up outside the Kamloops airport to honour the Snowbird who was killed in Sunday’s crash. (David Zura, CityNews Vancouver)

There is also a petition circulating to name a street after Captain Casey, a former journalist who was a public affairs officer for the Snowbirds at the time of her death.