Aviation News

August 20, 2011

First Air 737 Crashes in Northern Canada, Killing 12

A Boeing 737-200 (C-GNWN) carrying 15 people crashed in the Canadian Arctic Saturday afternoon, killing 12 of them. The condition of the three survivors was not immediately known.

Another First Air Boeing 737-200 (C-FNVT) seen at Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau Int'l Airport

Another First Air Boeing 737-200 (C-FNVT) seen at Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau Int'l Airport. (Photo by Gordon Gebert Jr.)

First Air Flight 6560 was enroute from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories when it crashed a few miles short of the runway at its destination in Resolute Bay, Nunavut.

According to avherald.com, there were reports of fog and rain at the time of the accident, with visibility down to about 4 nm.

Canadian forces who, in a wild coincidence, were in the area for a airplane disaster response drill, quickly arrived at the site of the crash.

First Air is an Inuit-owned airline connecting the native communities in Canada’s north with cities such as Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. Operating a fleet of 25 aircraft, the Kanata, Ontario-based carrier says it transports about 225,000 passengers and over 55 million pounds of cargo annually.

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  • If it was zero visibilty or the pilots choice to make the deciesion to go thru with his action, its usually the humans fault here than the machine, but its always a great loss for a body count. For the ones that survived I wish them a speedy recovery phyiscally and emotionally.