The people of Halifax turned out Sunday to honour one of their own–Canadian Forces Snowbirds team member Jenn Casey who died last weekend when the jet she was in went down seconds after takeoff in Kamloops, British Columbia.
Her remains arrived home from B.C. at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport aboard a Royal Canadian Air Force CC-130J Hercules around 5 p.m local time on Sunday.
Among those waiting were Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Governor General Julie Payette.
As a bagpiper played, close friends and family members wearing black and the official Snowbirds colours of red and white laid flowers on Capt. Casey’s casket during the homecoming ceremony.
A police-escorted motorcade then left the Halifax airport to transport Casey’s remains on a loop through the north end of the city to a local funeral home.
The military continues to investigate the crash, and the Snowbirds’ tour was immediately suspended.
On Thursday, thousands turned out online to pay tribute to Capt. Casey and pilot Richard MacDougall, 34, who remains in hospital with “serious but non-life-threatening” injuries.
A limited number of mostly first responders and Canadian Forces members attended the ceremony in person, hosted by the Kamloops branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.
With files from CBC News (Andrea Ross, Courtney Dixon), RCI (Marc Montgomery), The Canadian Press (Holly McKenie-Sutter)