North-Wright Airways

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North-Wright Airways
North-Wright Airways Logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1986
Operating bases Norman Wells Airport, Norman Wells Water Aerodrome
Hubs Norman Wells
Focus cities Inuvik
Frequent-flyer program none
Alliance none
Fleet size 21,[1] 22[2]
Destinations 8[3]
Parent company North Wright Air Limited
Headquarters Norman Wells, Northwest Territories

North-Wright Airways is an airline based in Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, Canada. It operates commuter services to several communities in the Northwest Territories, and charter services. Its main base is Norman Wells Airport.[4]


The airline was established in 1986 and used to be known as Nahanni Air Services and North Wright Air.[4]


As of 12 November 2013, North-Wright Airways served the following destinations:[3]


As of February 2015 North-Wright operated 21 aircraft and has 22 registered with Transport Canada:[1][2]

North-Wright Airways
Aircraft No. of Aircraft
Variants Notes
Beech 99 2/2 99, 99A
Beechcraft 1900 0/1 1900D
Britten-Norman Islander 1/1 BN.2A-26
Cessna 172 3/3 1–172M, 2–172N
Cessna 185 1/1 185F
Cessna 206 3/3 Super Skywagon/Stationair U206 (C (Super Skywagon), F (Stationair), G (Stationair))
Cessna 207 4/4 2–207 Skywagon, 2–207A Skywagon/Stationair 8
Cessna 208 Grand Caravan 2/2 208B
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 3/2 1–Series 100, 1–Series 300
Helio Courier 1/1 H-295
Pilatus PC-6 Porter 1/2 PC-6/B-H2, PC-6/B1-H2

The Transport Canada list also shows a Cessna 185 and a Cessna 337 with cancelled Certificates of Registration.[2]


On 5 July 2004, a Twin Otter, C-FMOL, was departing a 1,500 ft (460 m) gravel runway just off the Canol Road west of Norman Wells. As they took off the aircraft was caught by a sudden crosswind and returned to the runway where the left wheel caught some willows that were growing onto the strip. The aircraft went off the end of the strip and the wing became detached. No one was killed or injured[5]

On 14 September 2005, a Cessna 207, C-FAWL, left Tulita Airport for Norman Wells. About 7 nautical miles (13 km; 8.1 mi) the aircraft, with one pilot and two passengers, went down into the muskeg and flipped over. The passengers were uninjured but the pilot had serious injuries.[6]

On 16 August 2006, a Cessna 337, C-FWHP, was flying from Fort Good Hope Airport to Norman Wells with one pilot and five passengers. the aircraft went overdue and a search was begun. The wreckage was found about 26 NM (48 km; 30 mi) east of Fort Good Hope. All passengers and the pilot were killed.[7]

On 16 July 2008, a Twin Otter was on final for Hook Lake when the aircraft stalled. The aircraft hit some trees near the shore of the lake but neither pilot was injured.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Our Aircraft
  2. ^ a b c d Transport Canada listing of aircraft owned by "North-Wright Airways" (enter North-Wright Airways in the box titled "Owner Name")
  3. ^ a b North-Wright Airways scheduled services
  4. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 56. 
  5. ^ CADORS report for C-FMOL
  6. ^ CADORS report for C-FAWL
  7. ^ CADORS report for C-FWHP
  8. ^ CADORS report for DHC-6 Twin Otter

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