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Government of Nunavut Responds to Plane Crash Outside of Sanikiluaq

23 December 2012 

Iqaluit, NU (December 23, 2012) – The Honourable Eva Aariak, Premier of Nunavut, expressed her deepest condolences to the loved ones of the infant who died in a plane crash that happened outside of Sanikiluaq at approximately 6 p.m. last night.

“It is with profound sadness that I offer my condolences to everyone affected by the tragic plane crash that occurred outside of Sanikiluaq last night,” said Premier Eva Aariak. “During this holiday season, my thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of the infant whose life ended far too soon, to the survivors, and to the entire community of Sanikiluaq.”

Nine people were aboard a charter that departed from Winnipeg, Manitoba earlier yesterday afternoon and was en route to Sanikiluaq, Nunavut. The crash happened close to the end of the runway, south of the airport in Sanikiluaq, at 6:13 p.m.

The Government of Nunavut’s Emergency Services and local search and rescue assisted the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on the scene of the accident, and the Nunavut Rangers helped to secure the crash site.

A six-month-old infant has been pronounced dead. The pilot and co-pilot were medevac’d to Winnipeg with serious injuries, but are expected to recover. The remaining six on board were treated for minor injuries at the local health centre and have been released. Two nurses were flown in from Churchill, Manitoba to assist, and a mental health nurse is currently in the community to provide support. Additional counseling services will be offered to the families and staff. 

Nunavut’s Chief Coroner, Padma Suramala, will be arriving in Sanikiluaq tomorrow to investigate the crash with the Transportation Safety Board, with the assistance of the RCMP.

“On behalf of the Government of Nunavut, I would like to pass on my gratitude to the hamlet, the local search and rescue, the Rangers, the health centre staff, the RCMP, and members of the community who mobilized so quickly to provide assistance during this time of need. Our Government will continue to work together with the community to provide whatever assistance may be required,” said Premier Eva Aariak. “During this difficult time, Nunavummiut from across the territory stand with those affected by the crash and offer our support and sympathy.”


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