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Black box to provide answers

Winnipeg-based plane overshoots runway

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RCMP have recovered the black box from the Saturday afternoon Perimeter Aviation plane crash that killed a six-month-old baby boy in the Nunavut community of Sanikiluaq.

Investigators are waiting to interview the pilot, who was airlifted to Winnipeg on Sunday morning, and the co-pilot, who was flown here Saturday night with serious injuries, said Gail Connors of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada's Montreal office.

"We need to do our interviews once they're in better shape," Connors said.

The pilot and co-pilot are based out of Winnipeg, she said. A spokeswoman for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority said the pilot has been treated and released. The co-pilot remains in hospital in stable condition.

The infant's identity has not been released.

RCMP said the worst injury among the other six passengers was a broken foot, along with assorted bumps and bruises.

The coroner is on the way to the site from Iqaluit, Connors said.

Connors said the board is still deciding whether to send its own investigators to the scene. They do not go to crash scenes unless there is evidence that their presence could improve air safety, she said.

The seven passengers were all local residents returning to the island from Winnipeg, she said. The aircraft was a twin-engine Fairchild Metro 3/23.

"It had cargo and passengers," Connors said. "It's substantially damaged. There was no post-impact fire."

Connors said the aircraft was on its second approach around 5 p.m. Saturday when it overshot the runway by about 200 metres. There were no trees, but she was uncertain if the plane hit rocks. The gravel runway was snow-packed, Connors said.

"There was blowing snow" and the island is windswept, she said. "There's a weather observer at the airport to give information to the pilot. They're able to give the pilot runway conditions."

Investigators are still trying to determine if the baby was held in someone's lap, or was strapped in in any way, possibly in a car seat, she said.

"I know it's been a hot topic in trying to increase safety," Connors said.

Sgt. Greg Sutherland of Iqaluit RCMP said Sanikiluaq has only two officers, both of whom rushed to the scene Saturday. They are handling the investigation.

"It's a very isolated location. It's a very flat, windy island," Sutherland said.

"There was a team from Perimeter that arrived in Sanikiluaq around noon (Sunday)," Sutherland said.

Sutherland said there are regular flights from Winnipeg Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but a fourth flight was added Saturday because of the holidays. Winnipeg and Montreal are the main air connections with Sanikiluaq, he said.

Perimeter Aviation is based in Winnipeg and operates more than 30 aircraft. Its website says it offers air ambulance, charters and cargo services to destinations throughout North America.

 

-- With files from The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 24, 2012 A3

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