Aviation investigation A12Q0216

Landing accident at Sanikiluaq Airport in Nunavut

The occurrence

On 22 December 2012, a Perimeter Aviation Fairchild Metro 3 aircraft registered C-GFWX, chartered to Keewatin Air, crashed during a second landing attempt in blowing snow at Sanikiluaq Airport in Nunavut. There were two crew and seven passengers, including one infant, on board. The infant was fatally injured in the accident. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. The cockpit voice recorder has been removed from the aircraft and will be examined by the Transportation Safety Board as it conducts its investigation.

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Transportation Safety Board investigation process

There are 3 phases to a TSB investigation:

  1. Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
  2. Examination and analysis phase: the TSB reviews pertinent records, tests components of the wreckage in the lab, determines the sequence of events and identifies safety deficiencies. When safety deficiencies are suspected or confirmed, the TSB advises the appropriate authority without waiting until publication of the final report.
  3. Report phase: a confidential draft report is approved by the Board and sent to persons and corporations who are directly concerned by the report. They then have the opportunity to dispute or correct information they believe to be incorrect. The Board considers all representations before approving the final report, which is subsequently released to the public.

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23 December 2012 — TSB is investigating an accident at Sanikiluaq Airport in Nunavut

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