A initial report into the deadly crash of a passenger plane in Nunavut suggests the aircraft overran the runway on its second attempt at landing.
The crash happened at the airport in Sanikiluaq (SANNY-kill-uh-ack) last Saturday evening.
Six-month-old Isaac Appaqaq was killed, while the two pilots and six other passengers were injured.
The Transport Canada occurrence report from the crash says the plane, en route from Winnipeg, touched down hard on its second approach and came to rest between 150 and 200 meters past the end of the runway.
“The aircraft touched down hard and a runway overrun ensued,” reads the report, posted online. “The aircraft came to a stop approximately 150 to 200 metres past the end of the intended runway surface.”
The report notes that the information is preliminary and subject to change as the investigation continues.
The Transportation Safety Board has said there was some blowing snow at the time of the crash, but has not said whether it played a role. The Transport Canada report does not mention anything about the weather conditions.
Nunavut’s coroner, Padma Suramala, has told media in the North that the baby was sitting in his mother’s lap rather than up on her shoulder as recommended by airlines.
However, Suramala says she doesn’t think that would have made any difference in this crash.
Airlines recommend children be held on the shoulder rather than on the lap during landings, but Suramala said she didn’t think that would have made any difference in this crash.
Sanikiluaq is a community of 800 located on the Belcher Islands in the southeastern corner of Hudson Bay. As in all Nunavut communities, flying is the only way in and out.
The flight was chartered for Keewatin Air, which schedules three trips a week between Winnipeg and Sanikiluaq. The aircraft belonged to Winnipeg-based Perimeter Aviation.
Some of the passengers on board were in Winnipeg for medical appointments and were on their way home.