Casey, a public affairs officer for the Snowbirds, died on Sunday when the jet she was in crashed shortly after takeoff and burst into flames in the front yard of a house in Kamloops, B.C.
Capt. Jenn Casey of Nova Scotia was being remembered Monday as a gifted storyteller, a kind and generous friend and a proud member of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds team.
The pilot, Capt. Richard MacDougall, was still listed in serious condition in hospital.
The Snowbirds have been on a cross-country tour to raise people’s spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil offered his “deepest condolences” to Casey’s family, friends, fellow Snowbirds team and service members, on behalf of the entire province on Monday.
“Nova Scotians stand with you and send our love, thoughts and prayers,” he said via Twitter.
Casey, from Halifax, joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 2014 after several years working as a journalist, according to her biography on the Royal Canadian Air Force website.
Her first assignment was at 8 Wing Trenton, in Ontario, the RCAF’s home of air mobility.