June 5, 2012 - Media Advisory – Canadian North dismisses pilot


Yellowknife                                                                                                      June 5, 2012

On Thursday, May 31st, Canadian North grounded flight 605, scheduled to depart Qikiqtarjuaq for Iqaluit, due to information received at its Operations Control Centre in Calgary. Qikiqtarjuaq RCMP was called out to investigate an allegation regarding the flight’s captain and the company immediately began an internal investigation.

Canadian North’s internal investigation has now confirmed that the Captain contravened Canadian North’s strict policy prohibiting the consumption of alcohol within twelve hours or reporting for duty. Furthermore, the individual in question also contravened Canadian Aviation Regulations (“CARS”), which strictly prohibit the consumption of alcohol within eight hours of acting as a crew member. As such, effective immediately, the individual implicated has been dismissed from the Company for contravening Canadian North’s policy. Transport Canada has also launched an investigation relative to the contravention of the CARS.

“Every pilot knows the importance of adhering to the company’s policy and the Canadian Aviation Regulations regarding the duration between consuming alcohol and commencement of duties. This is a fundamental obligation of a pilot for the privilege of holding a commercial pilot’s licence and I am
profoundly disappointed this individual chose to disregard these requirements. We will do everything within our power to ensure this does not happen again,” states Tracy Medve, President of Canadian North. Canadian North will complete its internal investigation surrounding the circumstances of this event, and continue to cooperate with the official investigations of this matter.

About Canadian North

Canadian North and its founding companies (Canadian Airlines, Pacific Western Airlines, Transair, Nordair) have proudly served Canada’s North with passenger and cargo services for more than 80 years. They offer flights to Northwest Territories and flights to Nunavut through their southern gateways of Edmonton and Ottawa, as well as to select destinations in Manitoba and Nunavut through their partnership with Calm Air. Canadian North also offers air charter services within and beyond the North for industrial clients, sports teams, and large groups. Canadian North is a member of the NorTerra Group of Companies whose parent corporation, NorTerra Inc., is owned equally by Nunasi Corporation, representing the Inuit of Nunavut; and the Inuvialuit Development Corporation, representing the Inuvialuit of the Western Arctic.

Lisa Hicks
Manager, Marketing
Canadian North Airlines
Tel: (867) 669-4000 – or –
(403) 503-2310