TSB Quarterly Review — Fourth quarter 2020-21
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.
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.
- July 2019 fatal impact with the ground near Lac Valtrie, QC
- September 2019 fatal loss of control and collision with terrain near Racine, QC
- July 2020 loss of control and collision with terrain in Thorburn Lake, NL
- July 2019 floatplane crash on Addenbroke Island, BC
- August 2020 collision with terrain northwest of Stewart, BC
- November 2019 loss of control and collision with terrain in Kingston, ON
- September 2020 collision with power line at the Hugget/Goodwood Field Aerodrome, AB
- June 2019 loss of control on takeoff and collision with ground in Trois-Rivières, QC
- July 2020 loss of control during a rejected take-off at Stave Lake, BC
- August 2019 runway incursion at Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport, ON
- July 2020 loss of control and collision with terrain in Rolly View, AB
- June 2020 collision with power line in Maple Ridge, BC
- October 2019 fatal in-flight breakup of a floatplane in Little Grand Rapids, MB
- December 2018 sinking of a Commercial fishing vessel near Georges Bank, NS
- April 2020 striking of a dock by a passenger ferry in Tsawwassen, BC
- March 2020 collision between two bulk carriers in the Plumper Sound, BC
- July 2020 sinking and loss of life aboard a small fishing vessel near Sally’s Cove, NL
- February 2019 grounding of search and rescue vessel near Sooke, BC
- September 2019 main track derailment near Chipman, AB
- March 2019 non-main track collision and derailment in Calgary, AB
- February 2020 railway crossing accident in Montréal, QC
- December 2018 fatal uncontrolled train movement in Edmunston, NB
- 15 March 2021 collision with terrain on Lake Simcoe, ON
- 5 March 2021 loss of control on Bowen Island, BC
- 3 March 2021 collision with terrain on Barron Lake, QC
- 10 February 2021 collision with terrain in Carp, ON
- 3 January 2021 loss of control and inadvertent descent near Kananaskis Lake, AB
- 1 January 2021 collision with terrain near Eaglesham, AB
- 2 March 2021 mechanical failure, subsequent fire and sinking near Yarmouth, NS
- 10 February 2021 sinking in the Gardner Canal, BC
- 1 February 2021 main-track train derailment near Goderich, ON
- 26 January 2021 main-track derailment in Saint-Hilaire, NB
- 6 January 2021 employee fatality in Montreal, QC