Canadians post tributes to Jennifer Casey who died in Snowbirds plane crash
Tributes have been pouring in over social media as Canadians learned about the tragic death of CF Snowbirds Captain and Public Affairs Officer Jennifer Casey after her plane crashed in Kamloops on Sunday.
According to her bio on the Royal Canadian Armed Forces (RCAF) web site, Casey grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia and joined the RCAF in 2014 as a direct entry officer. She had been a member of the Snowbirds since November, 2018.
Prior to her career with the RCAF, Casey (formerly, Jennifer Howell) was a radio reporter, anchor and producer at NEWS 95.7 in Halifax as well as Quinte Broadcasting in Belleville.
In posts to social media, the CF Snowbirds wrote they were "deeply saddened and grieve alongside Jenn's family and friends."
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
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote that he joined "all Canadians in mourning the loss of a member of the CF Snowbirds."
Tonight, I join all Canadians in mourning the loss of a member of the @CFSnowbirds #OpInspiration team, Captain Jennifer Casey. I’m sending my deepest condolences to her loved ones, and wishing Captain Richard MacDougall a full recovery.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 18, 2020
Canadians from across the country also posted moving tributes to Casey, recounting interactions they had shared with her.
My heart hurts tonight...Captain Jennifer Casey was at my school in Sept. She was such an articulate young woman, and I remember telling her how much she inspired me in the way she followed her dreams to become a Snowbird. RIP Captain Casey. Just no words hearing this news. pic.twitter.com/DL2c66pU7x— Denise Robinson (@momof3greatboyz) May 18, 2020
Messages echoed how admired and accomplished Casey was.
This is the accomplished and top of her field @_jenncasey — lost tragically today in the @CFSnowbirds. 🇨🇦 sends all love and condolences to her family and friends. #Snowbirds #JennCasey pic.twitter.com/yJgR0r1wqK— Jody Vance (@jodyvance) May 18, 2020
Others remembered Casey for her humour.
I haven’t seen Jenn in quite a few years, but she was a badass female back then too. She was intelligent and funny. She loved hockey, journalism and @thetragicallyhip. Thank you for your service, Capt. @_jenncasey .. I hope Gord had a beer ready for a fellow Canadian hero. 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/emfkktNYDA— Emily MacDonald (@EmilyMD) May 18, 2020
One person paid tribute to Casey by posting an interview from last year.
I had the honor to interview my friend Captain Jenn Casey last Remberance Day for our celebration at Batawa - Here is her interview. She was truly one of a kind. 💕 pic.twitter.com/WapLhGsSqn— Mrs McDonald (@MrsMMcD) May 17, 2020
The investigation into the crash is currently underway. Operation Inspiration is postponed and the CF Snowbirds remain grounded in Kamloops until further notice.
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