Help still available for those who witnessed fatal Snowbirds crash in Kamloops

Those still experiencing adverse reactions can call the Interior Crisis Line Network, 24 hours a day, at 1-888-353-CARE (2273).

The Kamloops RCMP Victim Services Unit is reminding residents who witnessed the May 17 crash of a Snowbirds jet that help is available if the event is still triggering stress.

The jet crashed into a Brocklehurst neighbourhood shortly after takeoff from Kamloops Airport that morning, killing passenger Capt. Jennifer Casey and injuring pilot Capt. Richard MacDougall.

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The Snowbirds were on a cross-country goodwill tour, saluting health-care workers and trying to raise the spirits of Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Kamloops RCMP Victim Services Unit noted that even long after the incident, people may still be experiencing strong emotional or physical reactions. The agency said it is common for people to feel “emotional aftershocks” following such an event.

Those still experiencing adverse reactions can call the Interior Crisis Line Network, 24 hours a day, at 1-888-353-CARE (2273). The network provides short-term emotional support, skilled assessment, crisis de-escalation and, wherever possible, works to find appropriate resources or intervention as needed.

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