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Infant dies in Nunavut plane crash


A six-month-old infant is dead after a plane travelling from Winnipeg to Nunavut with nine people onboard crashed Saturday.

The plane, a Perimeter Aviation metroliner, landed one kilometre away from Sanikiluaq Airport, near the end of the runway, according to Airline President Mark Wehrle.

Two crew members, the pilot and co-pilot, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were airlifted to Winnipeg for medical treatment.

The remaining six adult passengers were relocated to a health centre and treated for non-life-threatening injuries, the RCMP wrote in a statement early Sunday.

The plane went down at 6:13 p.m. on Saturday. It was chartered by Keewatin Air, which provides scheduled flights and air medical services in Nunavut and Manitoba.

The airline flies three times a week from Winnipeg to Sanikiluaq, an Inuit community of 850 residents located on the Belcher Islands in southeastern Hudson Bay.

Wehrle said everyone on the plane was heading to Sanikiluaq.

“We’re arranging to go up and meet with the community and all the people involved and work with the authorities to determine the cause and go from there.”

Perimeter Aviation operates from Manitoba and offers various air services including charter and contract flights across North America, a flight training school, a fuel depot, and a service maintenance facility.

The Transportation Safety Board said they will “decide to deploy or not to deploy investigators to the accident site” on Sunday.

The TSB, along with the Nunavut Coroner’s Office and the RCMP will all be involved in the investigation of the crash.

With files from Canadian Press

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