On Saturday 20 August 2011, at approximately 12:50 pm local time, First Air flight 6560 struck a hill about 1 nautical mile east of the midpoint of the runway at Resolute Bay in the Canadian Arctic. The charter flight from Yellowknife carried four crew members and 11 passengers. The crew and eight passengers were killed. The three surviving passengers were rescued by Canadian military personnel who were in Resolute Bay for Exercise Operation Nanook.
The accident aircraft was a Boeing 737-210C Advanced registered C-GNWN (SN 21067 / LN 414), first delivered to Wien Air Alaska on 20 May 1975. The aircraft was destroyed by a post-crash fire.
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