TSB to issue final report on Resolute plane crash Tuesday
The Transportation Safety Board has confirmed it will issue its final report Tuesday on the First Air Boeing 737 that crashed in Resolute Bay, Nunavut on August 20, 2011.
The final report will be issued at a news conference on Tuesday, March 25 at 11:00 am in Ottawa. Some family members plan to attend.
Twelve people died and three miraculously survived when the plane struck a hill about two kilometres directly east of the runway.
At the time, the military was in the hamlet of fewer than 250 people, conducting a training exercise featuring a mock plane crash. Troops in the exercise were among the first responders, along with members of the community.
12 dead, 3 survivors
Nicole Williamson, Robin Wyllie and seven-year-old Gabrielle Pelky were the only survivors.
In all, four crew members on the flight died. They were:
- Captain Norman Blair Rutherford
- First Office David Henry Hare
- Flight attendant Ute Barbara Merritt
- Flight attendant Ann Marie Chassie
The victims also included seven people with connections to the South Camp Inn in Resolute, which had chartered the plane.
Among them was six-year-old Cheyenne Eckalook, sister to Gabrielle Pelky. Both are the granddaughters of Aziz Kheraj, the owner of South Camp.
South Camp employees who died were:
- Lise Linda Lamoureux
- Steven Michael Girouard
- Randolph Alexander Reid
- Michael Rideout
- Raymond Pitre
- Chesley Clarence Tibbo
The remaining victim was Martin Bergmann, director of the Polar Continental Shelf Program research base in Resolute.