OLDS — Members of the Olds Air Cadet Squadron No. 185 are grieving after the crash of a Canadian Forces Snowbirds jet Sunday in Kamloops, B.C.
The Jet slammed into a house on May 17, killing Capt. Jennifer Casey, a public affairs officer for the squadron and seriously wounding pilot Capt. Richard MacDougall after they ejected from the plane.
Members of the squadron expressed their sorrow for tragedy on the Air Cadet Squadron No. 185 Facebook page.
“Tough that this happened during a mission that touches us all deeply,” one message said.
As a gesture of respect and mourning, the flag at the Air Cadet Hall in Olds was lowered to half mast.
The Snowbirds were in the midst of a cross-country tour as part of Operation Inspiration.
Its purpose was to salute Canadians for their efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mindy Focker, chair of the squadron said all the cadets had been informed of the tragedy via their Facebook page.
“That’s as far as we can go because we can’t gather (due to the COVID-19 pandemic),” Focker said.
“Right now we’re on stand down (until September).”