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Procession for Snowbirds crash victim makes its way through Halifax

Last Updated May 24, 2020 at 8:42 pm MDT

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Capt. Jenn Casey died in the crash of a Snowbirds Tutor jet in a residential area of Kamloops last Sunday


Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Governor General Julie Payette wore face masks as they stood at the airport ceremony


HALIFAX – A procession honouring the Canadian Forces Snowbirds aerobatic team member killed in a recent plane crash began under blue skies in Halifax Sunday evening, as the remains of the young officer remembered for her bright smile arrived in her hometown.

Close friends and family members wearing black and the official Snowbirds colours of red and white laid flowers on Capt. Jennifer Casey’s casket during a homecoming ceremony on the tarmac near Halifax Stanfield International Airport.


The 35-year-old military public affairs officer and Halifax native died in the crash of a Snowbirds Tutor jet in a residential area of Kamloops, B.C., last Sunday.

The national aerobatics team was on a cross-country tour to boost residents’ spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Governor General Julie Payette wore face masks as they stood at the airport ceremony along with dozens of military members.

Payette said the Snowbirds do a risky job and said she was proud to be in Halifax honouring Casey.

“It’s one of those tributes that are so important for the team, for the forces, and for us all,” she said.

“We need to pay this tribute, and I am just so proud to be here for Jenn Casey. The fact that this happened during Operation Inspiration, where they were going around cheering us Canadians [up] is even more touching.”

With files from Lisa Steacy