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TSB Quarterly Review — Second quarter 2020-21

ISSN 2369-7954

October 2020

Chair's message

It was a busy summer for the TSB. Despite the public health restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the TSB deployed investigators to eight occurrence sites across the country while carefully following TSB, Government of Canada and provincial health measures to ensure safe travel for our investigators. During our second quarter, we also started 11 new investigations and released 18 investigation reports. Here are a few other highlights.  

Early in the summer, our Annual Report for 2019–20 was tabled in Parliament, providing an overview of the work we carried out over the past year. This includes a snapshot of key occurrence statistics, along with more detailed breakdowns of individual investigations in each mode, as well as how our work has advanced safety for travelers and industry workers across Canada and around the world.

Speaking of around the world, following the attendance of two TSB investigators at the download of the Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 flight recorders in July in Paris, the TSB confirmed the receipt of the flight recorder readout report from the Civil Aviation Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran. As the investigation moves ahead, the TSB continues to advocate for a thorough, transparent, and credible safety investigation, in addition to offering our assistance to Iran that is leading the safety investigation as the State of Occurrence.

Internally, we are focused on the renewal of our five-year Strategic Plan. When our 2016–2021 Strategic Plan was first developed, we set out some big modernization goals —and although they seemed lofty at the time, we can now look back with pride at what has been achieved. However, as one plan winds down, another begins, and TSB’s senior executives are already hard at work, mapping out our path forward for the next five years (2021–2026). As part of these efforts, our COO hosted a dozen all-staff Town Halls and we held targeted stakeholder consultations in August and September. I want to take a moment to thank all those who participated, as your comments will help to inform our path forward. Stay tuned for the official release in early 2021, when we tell Canadians where we are going as an organization, and how we plan to get there.

Additionally, the 2020 edition of the TSB’s biennial Watchlist will be released by the end of October. The Watchlist identifies the key safety issues that must be addressed to make Canada’s transportation system even safer. Follow us on Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook for the latest on the Watchlist and TSB investigation reports.

Stay healthy and safe!

Kathleen Fox

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The fiscal year just past was one of both continuity and change Check out our 2019-20 Annual Report to find out what we've accomplished

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