Deline to Norman Wells


Norman Wells flag. Photo: Eilís Quinn, Radio Canada  International Monday,  March 19, 2012

Deline to Norman Wells

Hmmmm….. my flights in and out of N.W.T.’s communities are getting much too interesting.

Today, me and a handful of other passengers were in an eight-seat plane on our way to Deline. We circled over Norman Wells and were about to land (I could even see the runway stretching out in front of us) when all of a sudden I was flattened into my seat.

The pilot shouted something that none of us could hear and he started to rapidly ascend into the air again in what felt like a tight circle.

We continued like that for what felt like several minutes when he finally levelled out and I could see were at a higher altitude than I’d ever been at in such a small plane.

“Sorry about that,” the pilot said cheerily.

‘What happned?’, the passengers asked the pilot.

“Jet coming in from Yellowknife right after us,” he said.

“But why couldn’t we just keep landing,” I asked. “We had almost touched down on the runway.”

“Believe me,” he said. “When a jet is coming in behind you and you’re in a small plane like this, it’s not the time to respect whose turn it is. The best thing to do is just get completely out of the way.”

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)


Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic circumpolar news project. At Eye on the Arctic, Eilís has produced documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the circumpolar world. Her documentary Bridging the Divide was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards. Eilís began reporting on the North in 2001. Her work as a reporter in Canada and the United States, and as TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China" has taken her to some of the world’s coldest regions including the Tibetan mountains, Greenland and Alaska; along with the Arctic regions of Canada, Russia, Norway and Iceland.

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