TSB releases final report on plane crash in Arctic Canada

Wreckage of Boeing 737 in Resolute Bay, Nunavut. (CBC)
Wreckage of Boeing 737 in Resolute Bay, Nunavut. (CBC)
The  Transportation Safety Board says a deadly First Air plane crash in Canada’s  eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut was the result of a “complex series of events” all lining up together.

The board blames an undetected autopilot change, a faulty compass reading and disagreement between the pilots about whether to abort the landing.

The crash in August 2011 killed eight passengers and four crew members.

Three passengers miraculously survived when the Boeing 737 slammed into a hill while attempting to land at the Resolute airport.

The board says the First Officer on board twice suggested the landing be called off.

The first time, the pilot didn’t believe that was necessary. The second, the suggestion wasn’t clearly communicated.

It wasn’t until alarms sounded seconds before the crash that the pilot tried to pull up, but it was too late.

Related Links: 

The Victims of Resolute Bay crash in Canada’s High Arctic, CBC News

Plane crash outside Resolute Bay rocks Arctic community, Blog by Mia Bennett

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