August 20th, 2011
05:01 PM ET

12 killed in plane crash in northern Canada

A charter jet crashed Saturday near Resolute Bay in Canada's Arctic, killing 12 people and injuring three others on board, First Air said.

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  1. Anne

    Seriously, CNN? Come on. For those interested, the story is here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2011/08/20/north-air-crash.html

    August 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristine Hatfield

      Thank-you anne, I wish cnn would wake-up and let us know what's going on.

      August 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blahblah

      made in china.

      August 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. xoxstay_cxox

    One sentence? Nice....it is good to see the importance and impact of a tragedy such as this in Canada. I shake my head at this.

    August 20, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Patrick

    CNN, this article is way too long and complex. Publish something more concise and simple next time.

    August 20, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kevin

    Why waste my time clicking on this link, CNN might as have put at the end of the headline.

    August 20, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. justthefacts

    excellent reporting as always cnn

    August 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 2/8

    Probably not enough deaths for CNN to consider importance....

    August 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kevin

    Why waste my time clicking on this link, CNN might as have put < EOM > at the end of the headline.

    August 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike Davis

    Such a tragedy... Oh look, a squirrel!

    August 20, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 2/8

    A 737 passenger jet crashed Saturday near Resolute Bay, Nunavut, in Canada's High Arctic, killing 12 people and injuring three others on board. Nunavut RCMP said First Air charter flight 6560 was travelling from Yellowknife to Resolute Bay with 15 people on board, including four crew members. The RCMP said in a release it "was made aware of the possibility of some survivors." A flight list was not immediately available. In a statement confirming the crash, First Air said the plane's last reported communication was at 12:40 p.m. CT, approximately eight kilometres from the airport, and that the plane went down ten minutes later. First Air provides scheduled passenger and cargo service between 25 northern communities with connections to Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal and Ottawa. First Air provides scheduled passenger and cargo service between 25 northern communities with connections to Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal and Ottawa. CBC The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in CFB Trenton said helicopters and medical personnel are now at the site. The CBC's Patricia Bell said some people in Resolute Bay saw the crash, not far from the runway of the airport that serves the hamlet of about 200 residents.

    "People in the community are understandably quite upset," Bell said.

    Hundreds of military personnel are currently in the area for the massive military excerise Operation Nanook. But the co-ordination centre says that the incident was not a part of a simulation planned for the operation.
    Passenger inquiries

    First Air customer care centre: 1-800-750-0923

    The plane had been scheduled to continue on to Grise Fiord on Ellesmere Island.

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper is scheduled to travel to Resolute Bay on Monday for his annual trip to the Arctic while Gov.-Gen. David Johnston, who is currently touring the Arctic, was scheduled to hold events in Resolute Bay this weekend.

    Kanata, Ont.-based First Air provides scheduled passenger and cargo service between 25 northern communities with connections to Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal and Ottawa.

    The airline began in 1946 as Bradley Air Services, offering charter, surveying, passenger and cargo flights across northern Canada.

    August 20, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sparky

    Really? Who chartered the flight? Who owns the aircraft? Who operates the aircraft? Where did it crash? When? What type of aircraft? Who wrote this lame story?

    August 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. August

    Whoa....better not link this to a non-English speaking site – they'll have to spend days to translate.

    August 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John JJ

    I hate emelishment.. please keep it to the point.. sheeesh

    August 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Donna

    Way too much information in this story! Shame on you CNN – those killed in the crash deserve more than that.

    August 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Between Canada

    Millions killed by horrible article not written by CNN reporter.

    August 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Les

    There you have it , forks. Another award winning example of leading edge journalism!

    August 20, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
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