U.S. aircraft grounded in Iqaluit takes off for Greenland
Flight with five crew was grounded yesterday after it was unable to land
(Updated, April 24 at 12 p.m.)
A U.S. aircraft grounded in Iqaluit departed for Thule, Greenland at 5:30 a.m. this morning with all passengers onboard.
The aircraft was grounded yesterday in Iqaluit after it couldn’t land at its destination.
“Earlier today, a commercial U.S.-registered aircraft flying to Thule, Greenland, was unable to land and was diverted to Iqaluit,” Premier Joe Savikataaq said in a news release April 23.
The plane, a freighter aircraft, had five crew members on board and was met by Canadian Border Services and Nunavut airport authorities, the release said.
“CBSA cleared the crew as they had no symptoms and temperatures were normal when taken on board,” the release said.
The Government of Nunavut and the chief public health officer were immediately notified of the diversion.
Using personal protective equipment, enhanced safety measures and physical distancing, the crew were transported to a local hotel.
“They will be confined to their rooms with security, for the duration of their stay in Iqaluit,” the release said.