The TSB Recorder

One unstable approach too many
One unstable approach too many

March 28th, 2014

Posted by: Brian MacDonald

According to international air industry figures, 3.5 to 4 percent of all aircraft approaches to landing are unstable; and of those, 97 percent actually continue to a landing. Most of the time, everything works out just fine. But sometimes there are consequences: a runway overrun, a tail strike, or in the case of Resolute Bay, [...]

Difficult Emotions
Difficult Emotions

March 3rd, 2014

Posted by: Ewan Tasker

It’s the middle of summer, and I’m on standby this weekend. The weekend has been pretty quiet so far with only a couple of calls for minor incidents. I’m at home with my family watching my daughter use the high powered nozzle on the hose to ‘water’ my prized herb garden. Then the phone rings. [...]

When is a TSB recommendation made?
When is a TSB recommendation made?

February 17th, 2014

Posted by: Kathy Fox

Every year, thousands of aviation, rail, marine and pipeline occurrences are reported to the TSB. After assessing and documenting each one, we conduct between 50 and 70 comprehensive, independent investigations. Our goal is to advance transportation safety. That means we focus on those occurrences where we have the most to learn, and then we share [...]

Looking back on a year of successes
Looking back on a year of successes

February 4th, 2014

Posted by: Wendy A. Tadros

The start of a new year is filled with potential, and turning that calendar page provides a great opportunityto look forward to new challenges ahead. But it’s also a perfect time for taking stock, to look back and reflect on what has been accomplished over the previous 12 months. A little over one year ago, [...]

Racing a train: a game that nobody wins
Racing a train: a game that nobody wins

November 26th, 2013

Posted by: Wendy A. Tadros

Every few weeks I hear about yet another crossing accident. The year began with a fatal collision between a truck and a passenger train at a crossing in southern Ontario. A week later, another train collided with an SUV in dense fog near Joliette, Quebec, killing a young mother and her child. And again, this [...]

Remembering a marine accident, and why it matters
Remembering a marine accident, and why it matters

November 7th, 2013

Posted by: John Clarkson

On May 11, 1972, the British cargo and passenger vessel Royston Grange was headed to London, having just left Buenos Aires. Its refrigerated holds filled with a cargo of butter and beef, the vessel steamed down Río de la Plata, the river that forms the border between Argentina and Uruguay. But shortly before 6 a.m., [...]

Floatplane safety: four steps to saving lives
Floatplane safety: four steps to saving lives

October 23rd, 2013

Posted by: Wendy A. Tadros

Commercial floatplanes operate all over Canada because they can go places other aircraft cannot. It’s what makes them such an invaluable part of our transportation network. But the very thing that makes floatplanes unique also makes them vulnerable. Too many times over the past decades, the TSB has investigated accidents involving floatplanes only to find [...]

Working together for safer prawn fishing
Working together for safer prawn fishing

September 25th, 2013

Posted by: Glenn Budden

During the 2012 prawn fishing season, we saw the loss of two vessels, the Pacific Siren and the Jessie G. In both cases, the vessels were loaded with prawn gear and traveling to fruitful fishing grounds off the B.C. coast. The Jessie G was rounding Cape Beale and the Pacific Siren was crossing the Hecate [...]

Human factors and accident investigation: avoiding the blame game
Human factors and accident investigation: avoiding the blame game

September 6th, 2013

Posted by: Marilyn French St. George

Like many other investigators at the TSB, I often encounter those who assume “human error” is to blame for an accident. And while I understand this reaction— it’s easy, especially with hindsight, to judge a person or an organization for failing to do something— blame is a knee jerk response that does little to promote [...]

Accident investigation meets Hollywood animation
Accident investigation meets Hollywood animation

July 30th, 2013

Posted by: Jon Lee

My career in aviation and accident investigation has afforded me an exposure to the many sides of this complex mode of transportation. From technology, operations and safety, it has been a continuous learning experience. The knowledge I have gained has also allowed me to pursue passions of mine outside of my 9 to 5 job. [...]