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First Air confirms accident

August 20, 2011 – Ottawa, Ontario.  At 16:00 EST on Saturday August 20, 2011, First Air confirms an aircraft accident with fatalities.

Charter flight #6560 en route to Resolute Bay from Yellowknife last reported communication at 12:40 local time, approximately five miles from Resolute Bay airport. The Boeing 737-200 with registration CGNWN went down at approximately 12:50 local time.  Eleven passengers and four crew were onboard the aircraft.  Twelve fatalities have been reported and three survivors have been treated at the medical centre.

The Transportation Safety Board has been notified and Canadian Military are on scene.

Media calls are directed to the First Air Media Centre 1-888-315-5722

All passenger inquiries are directed to the First Air Customer Care Centre at 1-800-750-0923


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First Air
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