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Report into Snowbirds crash near Kamloops calls for better training

Last Updated Mar 29, 2021 at 9:44 pm PDT

FILE - Flags are carried at a tribute ceremony at Kamloops Airport on May 21, 2020 to honour Capt. Jennifer Casey, a Canadian Forces Snowbirds aerobatic team member who was killed in a plane crash on May 17. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff Bassett
Summary

Report into Snowbirds crash near Kamloops has wrapped up

Several recommendations made in Snowbirds crash review

Capt. Jenn Casey was killed after bird strike led to Snowbirds crash

KAMLOOPS (NEWS 1130) – A military investigation has wrapped up into the deadly Snowbirds crash last year near Kamloops, which killed one person and injured another.

The investigation found that a small bird got caught in the engine shortly after takeoff, causing a compressor to stall and a loss of thrust.

It outlines that the pilot tried to climb and turn back toward the airport, but when it became apparent a return would not be possible, he and his passenger were ejected from the aircraft at low altitude.

Since they were too close to the ground, there wasn’t enough time for their parachutes to function properly.

The report makes several recommendations, including additional training for crew operating the CT-114 aircraft to better prepare them for low altitude engine failure, clarifying directives on ejection scenarios over populated areas, and more research on options to stabilize the ejection seat from any tendency to pitch, roll, or yaw.

Capt. Jenn Casey, who joined the Snowbirds in 2018 and served as the squadron’s spokesperson, was killed in the crash.

Prior to her time with the Snowbirds, Casey was a reporter, anchor, and producer with our sister station NEWS 95.7 in Halifax.

Capt. Richard MacDougall sustained injuries in the crash.