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TSB Quarterly Review — Fourth quarter 2020-21

ISSN 2369-7954

April 2021

Chair's message

The fourth quarter of fiscal 2020-21 was a busy one for the TSB, despite the ongoing public health restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our investigators deployed to eight occurrence sites across the country—each time making sure to carefully follow all federal and provincial health measures to ensure their safety and that of those with whom they interact. Since January 2021, our organization started seven new investigations and released 24 investigation reports. Here are a few of the highlights from the past three months.

On January 8, the world marked the one-year anniversary of the shootdown of Ukraine International Airlines flight 752. Just over two months later, on March 17, Iranian authorities released their final safety report into the occurrence. Throughout this process, the TSB has consistently advocated for a thorough, transparent, and credible safety investigation. In our live news conference, I was joined by Natacha Van Themsche, Director of Investigation (Air), and Ewan Tasker, Manager, International Operations and Major Investigations, to call attention to the fact that the report did not answer three important questions regarding the circumstances of the shootdown, Iran’s airspace management and continued airline operations following Iran’s missile attack on military bases in Iraq.

As a matter of practice, we do not comment on reports from other agencies. However, given such an unprecedented situation, where the state whose military was implicated in the event led the investigation, and given its impact within Canada, we felt it was important to publicly convey our independent assessment of the final report.

2020 transportation accidents reported to the TSB (preliminary data)
2020 transportation accidents reported to the TSB (preliminary data)

In February, we released our preliminary statistics for 2020, which offer a closer look at the numbers behind some of the headlines. In this case, the statistics indicate an overall reduction in the number of accidents/incidents for the Air and Rail sectors, which was likely influenced by the impact of COVID-19 on the transportation industry and other disruptions in service.

In March, we published our new Strategic Plan 2021-2022 to 2025-2026 which looks ahead to challenges we anticipate and how we plan to meet them. As we move confidently into our fourth decade, Canadians everywhere can be assured that our organization is strong enough and flexible enough to meet the challenges of the future.

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