TSB Recommendation

TSB Report Puts Pilot Health, Fitness Under Microscope

Canadian Occupational and Safety News – October 18th, 2011

An investigation into a deadly plane crash last year in Miramichi, New Brunswick exposed vulnerabilities in how Canada's transportation regulatory body evaluates a pilot's health and physical fitness, says a report from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB).

In April of 2010, 62-year-old pilot Ron Clowes, an employee of Forest Protection Limited, was taking a Grumman fire-fighting plane out for a practice water drop in the early afternoon (COHSN May 3, 2010). He suffered a heart attack and the plane began to descend, colliding with several trees and then crashing into the ground just minutes after taking off from Miramichi Airport, says the TSB report, released on October 6. No radio contact was made after the pilot took off.   Read more...

Float-Plane Passengers to Wear Life Vests

Larry Pynn – May 31st, 2011

Commercial float-plane operators of all sizes say they are now committed to implementing a federal transportation safety-board recommendation that passengers wear life vests during flights.

“The intention from all the operators is to absolutely have the passengers wear them,” Lyle Soetaert, spokesman for the fledgling Floatplane Operators Association, said in an interview on Monday.

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Survivor of Seair Seaplanes Crash Off Saturna Island Sues for Damages

Larry Pynn – May 19th, 2011

The only passenger to survive a commercial de Havilland Beaver float plane crash in 2009 off Saturna Island has filed a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court.

Barbara Glenn, 58, of White Rock, escaped with serious injuries after the single-engine plane crashed Nov. 29, 2009 during an attempted takeoff in Lyall Harbour, killing the six other passengers, including her husband, Thomas Glenn, 60.   Read more...

Transport Canada Makes Out-of-Court Deal in Pilot's Death

Julian Sher – May 9th, 2011

Within 10 minutes of takeoff on a warm September evening in 2005, Robert Honour was fighting to steady his helicopter as it plummeted from the sky, a long trail of grey-black smoke spewing behind it.

Battling with his disabled machine, Mr. Honour appeared to aim for a hayfield to avoid landing on people below in a house and barn near Duncan, B.C. But despite the 51-year-old pilot’s best efforts, the helicopter crashed in “an explosion and fireball,” killing him and his 29-year-old passenger, Les Chadwick.Last week, the B.C. Supreme Court was to examine whether a federal regulatory agency should be held responsible for the deaths. In a civil suit brought by Mr. Honour’s widow and his three children, Transport Canada was accused of breaking its own rules by licensing a helicopter service company “with an extensive history of unsafe practises.”   Read more...

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