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Watchlist: Air transportation safety

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s (TSB) Watchlist identifies the key safety issues that need to be addressed to make Canada’s transportation system even safer.

The issues on this list are supported by a combination of investigation reports, Board safety concerns and Board recommendations. All of them, however, require a concerted effort from the regulator and industry stakeholders.


Runway overruns
Runway overruns

Despite the millions of successful movements on Canadian runways each year, aircraft sometimes depart from the end of the runway surface during landings or rejected takeoffs.

Risk of collisions from runway incursions
Risk of collisions from runway incursions

Every year, there are millions of successful takeoffs and landings on Canadian runways. However, an accident can occur when an aircraft or vehicle incurs upon a runway surface that is actively in use.

Safety management
Safety management

Some transportation operators in the air, marine and rail sectors are not managing their safety risks effectively, and many are still not required to have formal safety management processes in place.

Fatigue management
Fatigue management

In the transportation industry, crews often work long and irregular schedules—sometimes in challenging conditions or crossing multiple time zones—that are not always conducive to proper restorative sleep

Regulatory surveillance
Regulatory surveillance

Regulatory surveillance has not always proven effective at verifying whether operators are, or have become, compliant with regulations and able to manage the safety of their operations.