First Air mourns loss of crew
August 23, 2011 — Ottawa, Ontario. First Air, today, confirms the names of the four crew members whose lives were lost in Saturday’s tragic accident of charter flight 6560.
Captain Blair Rutherford – served 15 years with First Air. He is survived by his wife Tatiana, a First Air Flight Attendant since 1997, and two young children. Captain Rutherford was based in Yellowknife and resided in Leduc, Alberta and was 48 years old.
First Officer David Hare – served four years with First Air. He is survived by his wife Jane and three young daughters. First Officer Hare worked and lived in Yellowknife, NWT and was 35 years old.
Purser Ann Marie Chassie – served 22 years as a Flight Attendant with First Air. She is survived by her two teenage children. Ann Marie worked and lived in Yellowknife, NWT and was 42 years old.
Flight Attendant Ute Merritt – served four years with First Air as a Flight Attendant. She is survived by her husband Jim, a First Air Captain on the Hercules aircraft, and five children. Ute worked and lived in Yellowknife, NWT and was 55 years old.
At the request of the families, First Air asks the media to please respect their privacy during this difficult time.
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