A Royal Canadian Air Force Twin Otter crew out for some search-and-rescue training accidentally found — and rescued — two Nunavut hunters on the land.
Thom Doelman, a captain with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Yellowknife, said the crew was flying near Hall Beach, Nunavut, during Operation Nunalivut, a sovereignty exercise that happens each year in Canada’s North.
“You could probably go crazy trying to think of all the things that had to line up for us to see these guys out there,” Doelman said. 
Thursday afternoon’s training exercise was a search mission at an old mine site.
Once the Twin Otter crew found the mine from rough co-ordinates, Doelman began an expanding-square pattern to survey the tundra. 
That’s when from his window, Cpl. Jason MacKenzie saw something he didn’t expect — a person who possibly needed help.
“As you can imagine, we were shocked to hear this,” said Doelman.
By the time the plane returned for a second pass, there were two people …
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