The TSB Recorder

Investigations Support: A Day in the Life of TSB’s Accommodations Officer
Investigations Support: A Day in the Life of TSB’s Accommodations Officer

July 29th, 2014

Posted by: Roberto Medeiros

It is no surprise that TSB investigations involve a lot of experts and an important amount of team work. When I joined the TSB 3 years ago as Accommodations Officer, I did not expect to be playing a real role in those investigative efforts. Little did I know that, having been involved with the Canadian [...]

A day in the life of the TSB photographer
A day in the life of the TSB photographer

June 27th, 2014

Posted by: Tony Gasbarro

Most people would think that being a photographer solely consists of walking around with an expensive looking camera, taking, editing, and publishing photographs. Well, trust me, there is so much more to this wonderful profession. Otherwise, why would they say a picture is worth a thousand words? Working for the TSB, I can say that [...]

The Real CSI: Inside the TSB Laboratory
The Real CSI: Inside the TSB Laboratory

June 4th, 2014

Posted by: Leo Donati

Working for the TSB definitely comes with a load of questions from family and friends. Once you get past explaining what type of occurrences the TSB investigates, the subject of CSI and other crime shows inevitably comes up. Everyone wants to know what investigation scenes are really like. Since the TSB will soon open its [...]

Journey to the Bottom of the Sea
Journey to the Bottom of the Sea

May 14th, 2014

Posted by: Peter Rowntree

While this is an intriguing title for an article written by an air investigator, often there is more to an aircraft accident than meets the eye. When most people hear about an aircraft accident, they think of them as only happening on land. The search, recovery, and corresponding investigation for those accidents are often very [...]

Rail Safety Lifesavers: Preventing accidents at railway crossings
Rail Safety Lifesavers: Preventing accidents at railway crossings

April 28th, 2014

Posted by: Rox-Anne D'Aoust

There are no peaks during the year when it comes to rail crossing accidents. Collisions with trains don’t happen at a particular time of day, during certain days of the week, or even in one season rather than another—they happen all the time. In Canada, there are about 37,000 public, private and pedestrian highway/rail crossings. [...]

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 [...]