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Helicopter accident in Nunavut, rescue efforts under way

Published: April 26, 2021 at 9:37amSARAH PRUYS AND OLLIE WILLIAMSLAST MODIFIED: APRIL 26, 2021 AT 9:42AM

A helicopter accident has taken place on Griffith Island in Nunavut, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada says.

A helicopter operated by Great Slave Helicopters works a forest fire mission in a photo uploaded to the company's website in 2015.

Aspokesperson said the incident was understood to involve a helicopter operated by Great Slave Helicopters. The number of people on board, their condition, and what happened to the aircraft is not immediately known. Nor is the type of helicopter involved.

Great Slave Helicopters chief operating officer Jennifer Burry said she had no comment but would be “preparing a press release in the coming hours.”

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre based at Trenton, Ontario – known as JRCC – is “coordinating rescue efforts,” the Transportation Safety Board said, though a spokesperson for JRCC later said RCMP were leading the operation, which was characterized as “mostly ground-based search and rescue.”

“We are aware there’s been a helicopter accident on Griffith Island in Nunavut, near Resolute Bay. A helicopter was reported overdue,” said Chris Krepski, a spokesperson for the Transportation Safety Board.

“Preliminary information is it is an aircraft operated by Great Slave Helicopters.

“The aircraft has been located. I don’t know much more than that. This is a very remote location so information coming back and forth probably is not as quick as in southern Canada.”

The helicopter’s departure point was not immediately known.

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Condolences to the families and colleagues at Great Slave.


3 dead after helicopter accident near Resolute, Nunavut

Great Slave Helicopter aircraft involved in crash near Griffith Island, officials say

CBC News · Posted: Apr 26, 2021 11:56 AM CT | Last Updated: 2 minutes ago
The accident happened on Griffith Island near Resolute, Nunavut. (CBC)

Three people are dead after a helicopter crash near Resolute, Nunavut.

It happened near Griffith Island, and involved a Great Slave Helicopters AS350-B2.


A news release on Monday morning from great Slave Helicopters said there were two flight crew and one wildlife biologist on board. None survived, the company says.

The names of the deceased have not yet been released.

The aircraft debris has been found about 22 kilometres southwest of Resolute Bay, the release says.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) has reportedly located the aircraft. A spokesperson for the JRCC said RCMP are leading the investigation into the crash.

The TSB says it is gathering information and preparing to deploy resources to the area.

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