About the TSB
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is an independent agency that advances transportation safety by investigating occurrences in the marine, pipeline, rail and air modes of transportation.
June 2013 mid-air collision near Pemberton, British Columbia, highlights risk of relying solely on the see-and-avoid principle for collision avoidance
TSB Chair Kathy Fox congratulates the Lac-Mégantic investigation team on receiving the Public Service Award of Excellence
TSB investigation progress update on September 2013 OC Transpo – VIA Rail accident in Ottawa, Ontario
TSB deploys a team of investigators to the site of a collision between the tug VACHON and the bulk carrier ORIENT CRUSADER in Port-Cartier, Quebec
Georgian Bay 2013 accident underscores the need to document aircraft modifications and adhere to strict weight allowances
Mid-air collision, Cessna 150F, C-FSQQ and STEMME S10-VT, C-FHAB, Pemberton, British Columbia, 3 nm W, 29 June 2013Released on
The privately registered Cessna 150F (registration C-FSQQ, serial number 15061702) departed Lillooet, British Columbia, for Nanaimo, British Columbia, with the pilot, 1 passenger, and a dog on board. A privately registered Stemme S10-VT motor glider (registration C-FHAB, serial number 11-016) was inbound to Pemberton, British Columbia, after a local sightseeing flight, with the pilot and 1 passenger on board. Both aircraft were being operated in accordance with visual flight rules. At approximately 1218 Pacific Daylight Time, the 2 aircraft collided about 3 nautical miles west of Pemberton and struck the ground in the Nairn Falls Provincial Park Campsite.
The privately registered Cessna 182 equipped with amphibious floats (registration C-FIUE, serial number 33120) had departed Makada Lake, Ontario, with the pilot and 1 passenger on board to pick up another passenger at Little Panache Lake, and then continued to Griffith Island, located in Georgian Bay on Lake Huron. One pilot and 2 passengers were on board. While conducting a visual approach to Runway 27 at Griffith Island, the aircraft aerodynamically stalled and collided with the water approximately 1000 feet southeast of the runway threshold. The accident occurred during daylight hours, at approximately 1345 Eastern Daylight Time.
Loss of control and collision with water, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Air Services Division, CL-415, C-FIZU, Moosehead Lake, Newfoundland and Labrador, 3 July 2013Released on
On 3 July 2013, at about 1415 Atlantic Daylight Time, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Air Services Division Bombardier CL-415 amphibious aircraft (registration C‑FIZU, serial number 2076), operating as Tanker 286, departed Wabush, Newfoundland and Labrador, to fight a nearby forest fire. Shortly after departure, Tanker 286 touched down on Moosehead Lake to scoop a load of water. About 40 seconds later, the captain initiated a left‑hand turn and almost immediately lost control of the aircraft. The aircraft water-looped and came to rest upright but partially submerged.
Runaway and main-track derailment, Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway freight train MMA-002, Mile 0.23, Sherbrooke Subdivision, Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, 06 July 2013Released on
On 06 July 2013, shortly before 0100 Eastern Daylight Time, eastward Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway freight train MMA-002, which was parked unattended for the night at Nantes, Quebec, started to roll. The train travelled approximately 7.2 miles, reaching a speed of 65 mph. At around 0115, when MMA-002 approached the centre of the town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, 63 tank cars carrying petroleum crude oil (UN 1267) and 2 box cars derailed. About 6 million litres of petroleum crude oil spilled.