Canadian morale-boosting flyover ends with fatality

Elizabeth Howe
May 18, 2020 - 2:42 pm
Canadian Snowbirds


A member of the Snowbirds, the Canadian equivalent of the U.S. Air Force's Thunderbirds or the Navy's Blue Angels, crashed into a neighborhood home in British Columbia during a flyover to boost morale over the weekend. One crew member was seriously injured and another was killed.

“For the past two weeks, the Snowbirds have been flying across the country to lift up Canadians during these difficult times," Trudeau said in a statement. "Their flyovers across the country put a smile on the faces of Canadians everywhere and make us proud.”

"Tonight, I join all Canadians in mourning the loss of a member of the @CFSnowbirds #OpInspiration team, Captain Jennifer Casey," Trudeau said in a Tweet following the crash.

The Snowbird flyover was meant to boost morale for Canadian citizens fighting the pandemic just like the "America Strong" tour to honor frontline healthcare workers combatting COVID-19. 

Blue Angels, Thunderbirds take to skies together

The other crewmember, Capt. Richard MacDougall, is currently recovering from injuries sustained during the crash. 

The Snowbirds were placed on an operational pause and the rest of the morale-boosting flyover schedule has been canceled. 


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