A First Air jet has crashed near Resolute Bay in the far north of the Canadian Arctic, leaving 12 people dead and three survivors , said on Saturday the airline.
First Air, which flies to some of the most remote communities in Canada, said the Boeing 737-200 flight booked on a particular route from Yellowknife, capital of the Northwest Territories. I had 15 people on board crashed as it was preparing to land just over a mile from the airport in Resolute Bay.
The other three people aboard the charter flight from the city of Yellowknife, two adults and one girl survived the accident and have been admitted to hospital , one in serious condition, according to Canadian television.
The last contact of the aircraft control tower Airport Resolute occurred at 17.40 GMT on Saturday , according to a company statement First Air, and the incident came ten minutes later.
Resolute Bay, Inuit named "Quaasuittuq" means "place before dawn" is one of the more northern communities in Canada with a sunless winter and 24 hours of daylight in the summer.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper who will travel to Resolute on Monday said he was "deeply saddened by the news of this tragic accident."