1 killed after helicopter rolled on landing at Nunavut’s Hope Bay mine

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One person was killed after a helicopter rolled on landing at Nunavut’s Hope mine late on Tuesday.

“On September 14, 2021, at approximately 5:00 pm, a Hope Bay mine safety officer called the Cambridge Bay RCMP to report that a helicopter rolled on landing and killed one male employee on the ground. No other injuries have been reported,” the RCMP said in a statement.

The statement further added that the investigation into the incident is ongoing in conjunction with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada and the Office of the Chief Coroner.

The Agnico Eagle Mines Limited in a statement confirmed the fatal incident and said the accident occurred at approximately 3:02 p.m. local time on September 14, 2021, approximately 13 km from Hope Bay’s Doris mine facilities.

Operations at the Hope Bay project have been temporarily suspended for approximately 24 hours. Agnico Eagle will work with the contractor to ensure all the necessary support and assistance will be provided to the individual’s family during this difficult time, the statement said, adding that the Company will also provide support and counselling to assist our employees and contractors at the camp.

The Hope Bay property is located in the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut, Canada, approximately 685 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife and 125 kilometres southwest of Cambridge Bay. Agnico Eagle acquired the property in February 2021.

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