Category Archives: Bearskin Airlines

Bearskin Airlines Metro III crashes on approach into Red Lake, Ontario, five dead

Bearskin Airlines (Sioux Lookout, ON) Fairchild Swearingen SA227AC Metro III C-FFZN (msn 785) being operated as flight JV 311 crashed on approach with five passengers and two crew into Red Lake Airport in northwest Ontario on November 10. The airliner burst into flames when it hit the ground. Five people were killed and two survived. The flight had departed Sioux Lookout, Ontario bound for Red Lake.

The airline is celebrating 50 years of flying in 2013. John Hegland founded the company on July 17, 1963, naming it after Bearskin Lake, a remote First Nations community located 270 miles northeast of Sioux Lookout.

Video: Flying on the Metroliner and landing at Red Lake:

Video: Report on the crash:

Read the full report from the Calgary Herald: CLICK HERE

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Bearskin Airlines plans to add a second SAAB 340 in January after a successful introduction

Bearskin Airlines (Sioux Lookout) has successfully wet leased and introduced its first SAAB 340B (C-FTLW, msn 336) from Calm Air. The new type was introduced on October 3 on the North Bay-Sudbury-Sault St Marie-Thunder Bay route in full Bearskin colors. A second SAAB 340B is now planned for January 2012.

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