Q&A: Snowbirds pilot reflects on 2 years since Kamloops crash

For Capt. Richard MacDougall, one goal is always firmly in his sights.

He intends to climb back into the pilot’s seat of a CF-114 Tutor aircraft again and soar with the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

MacDougall, originally from Dieppe, N.B., crashed while performing a flyover as part of the Operation Inspiration  demonstration in Kamloops, B.C., on May 17, 2020. The event was meant to raise the spirits of Canadians during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Debris from the plane MacDougall was flying in Kamloops in 2020. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

He and his passenger, Capt. Jenn Casey, a public affairs officer for the Snowbirds, ejected from the plane after a bird strike caused an engine compressor failure. Casey died

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