No autopsy called for baby killed in Sanikiluaq plane crash

Nunavut's chief coroner says no autopsy is needed for the victim of a deadly plane crash in Sanikiluaq, Nunavut.

A Perimeter Aviation turbo-prop plane carrying seven passengers and two crew members crashed Dec. 22 about half a kilometre from the end of the runway.

Eight people survived with non-life threatening injuries. Six-month-old Isaac Appaqaq died in the crash.

Chief Coroner Padma Suramala says the baby was being held in his mother's lap when the plane hit the ground.

"Due to the impact of the plane, he was thrown from his mother’s lap and sustained closed head injuries and multiple other injuries."

Normally airlines instruct parents to hold their babies in the burp position for take offs and landings, but Suramala doesn't think that would have made a difference in this crash.

The Transportation Safety Board and the RCMP are investigating.

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