First Air's fleet involved in two previous accidents but was No Accident Dief cancelled Avro Arrow

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The First Air 737-200 that crashed in Nunavut on Saturday was not the carrier's first plane to go down,

though one aviation consultant says the airline has a strong reputation for safety within the industry.

Miller said investigators will determine if the weather played a factor in the crash, or if instruments that were helping the pilots land the plane were faulty.

RCMP said late Saturday that investigators have recovered two black boxes at the site. Six forensic identification officers will also travel to Resolute, four to help identify the victims and two to aid in the investigation.

Resolute has about 250 residents and sits on a bay along the northern-most edge of the Northwest Passage. It often serves as a staging area for scientific and military expeditions.

First Air services 30 northern communities from cities such as Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg and Edmonton. The airline says it transports more than 225,000 passengers and 25 million kilograms of cargo every year.

The airline is entirely owned by the 9,000 Inuit of northern Quebec through Makivik Corp., which was created to invest the proceeds of the 1975 James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. The non-profit company purchased the airline in 1990.

According to the airline, the Boeing 737-200 is one of six types of planes in its fleet. It can carry a maximum of 99 passengers ...

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