Two more Snowbirds set to fly out of Kamloops

The Sept. 10 departure follows the first two jets leaving last week and returning to home base in Moose Jaw. The squadron had been grounded since the May 17 crash in Brocklehurst that killed Capt. Jennifer Casey and injured the pilot, Capt. Richard MacDougall.

Two more Canadian Forces Snowbirds CT-114 Tutor jets will be leaving Kamloops on Thursday morning to return to their home base at 15 Wing Moose Jaw.

The departure is subject to weather and operational requirements and no set takeoff time has been announced.

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The remaining aircraft will depart Kamloops in the coming days and the Royal Canadian Air Force will notify local media when the date has been confirmed.

 Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the RCAF is asking the public to refrain from going to Kamloops Airport to see the aircraft depart.

“The Snowbirds are deeply appreciative of the support received from Kamloops and local First Nations in the wake of the tragic accident on May 17, but to ensure the health and safety of community members, we ask that people not gather at the airport,” the RCAF said in a statement.

On May 17, a Snowbirds jet leaving Kamloops Airport en route to its next stop on the cross-Canada Operation Inspiration tour crashed into a Brocklehurst neighbourhood, killing military public affairs officer Capt. Jennifer Casey and injuring the pilot of the aircraft, Capt. Richard MacDougall.

The entire fleet was then grounded pending a probe into the crash.

In June, the Royal Canadian Airforce released a preliminary report, confirming it is exploring a bird strike as the possible cause of the crash. Footage of the accident showed a bird in very close proximity to the plane’s right engine as it was taking off.

“The investigation is focusing on environmental factors (birdstrike) as well as the performance of the escape system,” the report stated.

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