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Jet crashes in northern Canada; 12 dead

A chartered Boeing 737 plane crashed Saturday in the Canadian Arctic, killing 12 of the 15 people on board, CBC News reported.

First Air charter flight 6560 was travelling from Yellowknife to the hamlet of Resolute Bay in Nunavut when it went down, Nunavut Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed to CBC.

The RCMP said in a press release it “was made aware of the possibility of some survivors.”

Military helicopters and medical personnel responded to the accident site.

Maj. Gerald Favre at the northern search and rescue center at Canadian Forces Base Trenton said aircraft were already in the area as part of an operational exercise, and were able to assist in the search and rescue.

Posted on Saturday, 20th of August 2011 // 10 notes
tagged:  #Canada  #Resolute Bay  #First Air  #Nunavut  #RCMP  #News
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