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C-GFWXA Perimeter Aviation Fairchild SA227-AC Metro III (C-GFWX) crashed at Sanikiluaq, Nunavut around 6:15pm Eastern Time on December 22, 2012.  The plane was chartered by Keewatin Air, and was enroute to Sanikiluaq from Winnipeg, Manitoba.    There were seven passengers and two crew aboard the flight.  A six month old child was killed in the crash.

The plane was on a second landing attempt on Runway 27 at the time of the crash.  The Transportation Safety Board says it landed hard, and then went down beyond the west end of the runway.  There was blowing snow at the time.  There was no post-crash fire, and most of passengers were able to get out of the plane on their own.  People from the community drove to the crash site with snowmobiles and sleds to transport the injured to the local nursing station.  Sanikiluaq is small Inuit community on the Belcher Islands, in the southeast corner of Hudson Bay.  It has no doctor or hospital.  The pilot and co-pilot were flown to Winnipeg for treatment, and later released.

The wreckage of the plane has been removed from the crash site, and stored in two sea-lift containers.  It will be shipped south at the beginning of the summer shipping season.

The death of the infant is prompting some calls for the use child safety seats on commercial aircraft.

The Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. An investigator was in Sanikiluaq on December 27, 2012. They'll be examining the flight data recorder, which has been recovered from the crash site.  Information on the TSB investigation, including a Google map of the area, is available here

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 December 2012 11:41
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