Canadian investigators say the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder from the First Air Boeing 737-210C aircraft that crashed at Resolute Bay on 20 August have been recovered.

The aircraft was en route from Yellowknife to Resolute Bay. Twelve of the 15 on board were killed, including the four flight crew.

"During the approach to runway 35T, the aircraft struck a hill about 1nm east of the midpoint of the Resolute Bay airport runway," says the Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB). "Three passengers survived the accident and were recovered from the site by Canadian military personnel who were in Resolute Bay for Exercise Operation Nanook. The aircraft was destroyed and there was a post-impact fire."

ATI has reported that the airframe was modified as a combi version with a forward cargo cabin and cargo door.

Flightglobal's ACAS database last listed the Pratt & Whitney JT8D-powered aircraft as being owned by the carrier, and showed that it had logged over 86,000h and 62,000 cycles.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news