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12 Dead In Canada Jet Crash

RESOLUTE BAY, Nunavut, Aug. 20 (UPI) — A jetliner crashed in the Canadian arctic Saturday, killing at least 12 of the 15 people on board, authorities said.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the Boeing 737 — First Air Flight 6560 — was bound to Resolute Bay from Yellowknife when it went down, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Information on the condition of the survivors and the names of those on board, including four crew members, were not available, the CBC said.

The RCMP said in a release it “was made aware of the possibility of some survivors,” the news network said.

First Air said in a statement the plane’s last reported communication was at 12:40 p.m. local time about 5 miles from the airport, and the jetliner went down 10 minutes later.

Emergency helicopters and medical personnel were at the crash site, along with national Transportation Safety Board officials, the CBC said.

Transport Canada issues a statement on aircraft accident in Resolute Bay, Nunavut

The Department of Transport issued the following statement, confirming “At this time, 12 people are thought to be dead and three injured. Our thoughts go out to those affected by this tragic accident.”

The crash was not related to a large military exercise in the area, officials said.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is scheduled to travel to Resolute Bay Monday for his annual trip to the arctic while Gov.-Gen. David Johnston was to hold events in Resolute Bay this weekend.

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