CF Snowbirds crash may have been caused by a bird strike

The crash that killed CF Snowbird Capt. Jennifer Casey and injured a pilot may have been caused by a bird strike.

“A detailed analysis of video footage recovered for the investigation revealed one bird in very close proximity to the aircraft right engine intake during the critical phase of take-off,” wrote Royal Canadian Air Force investigators in a brief statement on Monday.

The investigation reveals that both Capt. Casey and pilot Capt. Richard MacDougall ejected from the CT-114 Tutor aircraft before it crashed on May 17.

The plane was destroyed after it crashed into a residential neighbourhood in Kamloops, B.C.

The statement says investigators will focus on a bird strike, along with the performance of the jet’s escape system.