Police in Canada have reported survivors from among 15 occupants of a chartered Boeing 737 which crashed in the north of the country.

The First Air 737, operating flight 6560 from Yellowknife to Resolute Bay, came down near its destination, said the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

It added that it was notified of the accident at 13:36. There were 15 on board the aircraft, including four crew members.

"The RMCP was made aware of the possibility of some survivors," it said, although unconfirmed reports indicate at least 12 fatalities.

Meteorological data for Resolute Bay airport around the time of the RCMP notification indicated low cloud and possible fog.

First Air, which is stationed in Ontario, has a fleet which includes several 737-200 twinjets.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news