Five crew members of an American-registered aircraft unable to land in Thule, Greenland were diverted to Iqaluit on Thursday and are staying in a hotel in the city under the watch of security.

Five American members of a flight crew are staying in an Iqaluit hotel after being diverted from Greenland on Thursday. Numerous precautions are being taken even though they have shown no symptoms of Covid-19, according to the GN.
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The Government of Nunavut issued an advisory stating that the U.S. crew members were checked for signs of Covid-19 but none had symptoms and their temperatures were normal when taken on board the freighter plane.

Regardless, there will be no interaction between the flight crew and the public because they will be confined to their hotel rooms until they depart Iqaluit, according to the GN.

The crew were to be transported to and from their hotel using personal protective equipment, enhanced safety procedures and physical distancing, the GN’s advisory indicated.

Among the authorities involved in handling this incident were the Canada Border
Services Agency, Nunavut airport authorities, the territorial government and Nunavut’s
chief public health officer.

Nunavut hasn’t yet had a positive test for Covid-19.


Derek Neary

Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...

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