• Fire and abandonment of the small passenger vessel La Relève II at Havre-Saint-Pierre, Quebec on 11 August 2014

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    On 11 August 2014, at approximately 1335 Eastern Daylight Time, the passenger vessel La Relève II was on a sightseeing cruise off Havre Saint Pierre, Quebec, when a fire started in the engine compartment. The 33 passengers were evacuated onto 2 of the vessel's life rafts, and then transferred onto 2 commercial vessels that were responding to the emergency. The fire was extinguished by the crew. One passenger was injured during the evacuation of the vessel. There was no pollution, but the vessel's engine and engine compartment sustained damage.

  • Loss of control on landing, Sudbury Aviation Limited, de Havilland DHC-2 Mk. I, C-FHVT, Kennedy Lake, Ontario, 25 June 2014

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    The Sudbury Aviation Limited float-equipped de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver aircraft (registration C-FHVT, serial number 284) was on approach to Kennedy Lake, Ontario, with the pilot and 2 passengers on board, when the aircraft rolled to the left prior to the flare. The pilot attempted to regain control of the aircraft by applying full right rudder and right aileron. The attempt was unsuccessful and the aircraft struck rising tree-covered terrain above the shoreline. The aircraft came to a stop on its right side and on a slope. The pilot and the passenger in the rear seat received minor injuries. The passenger in the right front seat was not injured. All were able to walk to the company fishing camp on the lake.

  • Main track derailment of Canadian National Railway freight train M-310-31-09 at Mile 127.52, Kingston Subdivision, Brockville, Ontario on 10 July 2014

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    On 10 July 2014, at approximately 0410 Eastern Daylight Time, while proceeding eastward at 60 miles per hour, approaching Brockville, Ontario, Canadian National freight train M-310-31-09 derailed 26 cars at Mile 127.52 on the Kingston Subdivision. The derailed cars included 13 residue tank cars which last contained aviation fuel (UN1863). A small amount of product was released. There were no injuries.

  • Visual approach in low visibility and taxiway design led to August 2014 risk of collision between two aircraft at Fort McMurray, Alberta airport

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    The Canadian North Inc. B737-36Q (registration C-GICN, serial number 29405) was operating as flight MPE9131 from Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Fort McMurray, Alberta. At the top of the descent, the flight crew briefed for a visual approach to Runway 25. When MPE9131 was at approximately 4 nautical miles on final, the airport environment was visually acquired and the flight crew inadvertently lined up with Taxiway J. At 1838:23 Mountain Daylight Time, in daylight, MPE9131 was abeam the threshold of Runway 25 and at 46 feet above ground level, while a Jazz Aviation LP de Havilland DHC-8-402, operating as flight JZA391, was proceeding eastbound on Taxiway J for departure on Runway 25. MPE9131 conducted a missed approach and returned for landing on Runway 25. Separation between the aircraft was 230 feet vertically and 46 feet laterally.

  • Rupture of TransCanada PipeLines Limited (NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd.) North Central Corridor Loop (Buffalo Creek West Section) Chainage 27+996 m near Fort McMurray, Alberta on 17 October 2013

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    At about 0235 Mountain Standard Time on 17 October 2013, a pipeline rupture occurred on TransCanada PipeLines Limited’s (NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd.) 914-mm-diameter (36-inch-diameter) North Central Corridor Loop Buffalo Creek West Section pipeline, located southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta. The rupture occurred in a remote location, approximately 150 m west of the Wabasca River (Chainage 27+996 m). At the time of the rupture, the pipeline was transporting sweet natural gas. A crater was created and 5 fragments of pipe were ejected up to approximately 130 m from the rupture site. An estimated 16.5 million cubic metres of natural gas was released. The rupture did not result in a fire. There were no injuries and no evacuation was required.