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'I don't like this:' The final moments of First Air Flight 6560

March 25, 2014 - 2:10 PM

The last few moments of First Air Flight 6560, which left from Yellowknife heading for Resolute at 2:40 p.m., Aug. 20, 2011:

4:38:49 p.m. — A change in the autopilot mode goes undetected by the crew.

4:38:50 p.m. — Pilot takes plane out of final turn and begins approach to Resolute airport.

4:39:13 p.m. — Co-pilot tells pilot five times the plane seems to be coming in to the right of the desired track.

4:39:33 p.m. — Pilot responds autopilot tracking properly.

4:40:17 p.m. — Co-pilot expresses concern about course, reminds pilot of a hill to the right of the airport.

4:40:30 p.m. — Co-pilot suggests they go around and try approach again after navigation issues settled.

4:40:42 p.m. — Co-pilot warns pilot they are too close to the runway and the plane isn't configured for landing.

4:40:49 p.m. — Co-pilot requests pilot turn to the left.

4:40:54 p.m. — Pilot says he can't turn left.

4:41:46 p.m. — Co-pilot calls captain by first name, says: "I don't like this."

4:41:47 p.m. — Warning system alerts pilots of impending hazard.

4:41:51 p.m. — Pilot calls for "go-around thrust."

4:41:52 p.m. — Airplane crashes into hill.

(Source: Transportation Safety Board)



There were 15 people on board First Air Flight 6560 when it crashed near Resolute, Nunavut, on Aug. 20, 2011. Twelve people died and three survived.

The dead included four crew members:

— Pilot Blair Rutherford, 48, from Leduc, Alta.

— Co-pilot David Hare, 35, from Yellowknife

— Flight attendants Anne Marie Chassie, 22, and Ute Merritt, 55, both from Yellowknife


Eight passengers also died:

— Cheyenne Eckalook, 6, who was returning home after visiting her father in B.C.

— Martin Bergmann, 55, Winnipeg-based director of Canada's Polar Continental Shelf Project

Staff at Resolute's South Camp Inn:

— Randolph Reid, 56, of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

— Michael Rideout, 65, of Mount Pearl, N.L.

— Chesley Tibbo, 49, of Harbour Mille, N.L

— Raymond Pitre, 39, of Bathurst, N.B.

— Steven Girouard, 38, and his fiancee Lise Lamoureux, 23, also of Bathurst, N.B.


The survivors:

— Gabrielle Pelky, Cheyenne's seven-year old sister

— Nicole Williamson, 23, and Robin Wyllie, 48, geologists with Aurora Geosciences

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