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Meet Melissa Haney, the first female Inuk captain for Air Inuit – Skies Mag

June 4, 2024

Melissa Haney took off into blue skies out of Salluit, a tiny coastal village on Sugluk Inlet, where northern Quebec’s sprawling, snow-covered tundra meets the Arctic Ocean.

Her view from the right seat of a twin-engine De Havilland Twin Otter 300 was almost too good to last: Bright, placid, beautiful, with no wind to speak of—a bit like the opening scenes of a Hollywood disaster film.

Haney, the first female Inuk captain to fly for Air Inuit, set the Twin Otter down on wheels at an inland camp, picked up a handful of passengers, loaded their four-wheel ATV into the plane’s aft compartment, and set out on a return flight toward Salluit. Then, the conditions changed in a hurry. Thick fog enveloped the aircraft, making it impossible to land at the Salluit airport.

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