The pilot of a Snowbirds jet that crashed in Kamloops on May 17 emerged from Royal Inland Hospital on Thursday evening to greet a group of people that had gathered in the hospital’s roundabout to take part in a drum circle for him.
Accompanied by family members, Capt. Richard MacDougall was taken outside in a wheelchair to watch the group — featuring Indigenous and non-Indigenous performers — on its drums.
MacDougall was injured after he ejected from the CT-114 Tutor jet shortly after takeoff from Kamloops Airport. Capt. Jennifer Casey, the aerobatic team’s public affairs officer, was killed after she ejected.
Casey and MacDougall ended up on a Schreiner Street property — Casey in the backyard and MacDougall on the roof of the house — while the aircraft exploded and then fell into a Glenview Avenue front yard, about six doors away from the two crew members.