Sunday, August 28, 2011

First Air Boeing 737-200, C-GNWN, Flight 7F-6560

Pilot Blair Rutherford, who died when his plane crashed in a remote area in Canada's Arctic near Resolute Bay, Nunavut last weekend.

A Leduc pilot killed in Resolute Bay last week who was a devoted father that was passionate about flying will be remembered in a memorial service Monday.

“He was such a good father,” said the pilot’s wife, Tatiana Rutherford, reached by the Sun on Saturday. “He was always very patient. He was such a great dad. We are just taking this day-by-day. One day at a time.”

Blair Rutherford, a 48-year-old pilot for First Air, died after the Boeing 737-200 plane he was flying crashed near its Resolute Bay, Nunavut, destination around lunchtime Aug. 20.

Out of 15 people aboard the flight, only three survived the crash.

The pilot also left behind a nine-year-old boy, Nolan Rutherford, and a daughter, Hannah Rutherford, 11.

Rutherford’s wife says the family will be holding a memorial service at 2 p.m. Monday at the North Caribou Hangar, east of the Edmonton International Service.

In lieu of flowers, people are being asked to donate to the children’s trust fund at the Royal Bank at 10 Leduc Town Centre in Leduc.

“He would always commute from Yellowknife and he would always come home quite a bit,” said the pilot’s wife, who is also a flight attendant for First Air.

“He would come home every chance he got.”

Officials with the Transportation Safety Board say the investigation into what caused the crash is still continuing.

That investigation could take months before it is released to the public.

Investigators in Ottawa planned to download data from the flight and cockpit voice recorders last week, but the analysis could take a few days.

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