Aviation news release 2011

TSB # C02/2011

The Transportation Safety Board Concludes the Nordic Accident Investigation Group Conference

Gatineau, October 7, 2011 - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) hosted the annual Nordic Accident Investigation Group (AIG) Conference held this week in Montreal, Quebec. Today concludes a successful meeting, which was attended by accident investigation authorities from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Canada.  Iceland is a member but could not attend this year.

"We support the Government of Canada's efforts in making Arctic operations a key priority," said Wendy Tadros, Chair of the Board. "The information gathered at this meeting is invaluable in helping the TSB address one of its strategic objectives of improving operational response capacity for transportation occurrences in the North."

Discussions focused on topics such as runway overruns—a major safety issue identified on the TSB's Watchlist—as well as cold weather operations, and briefings from each country on lessons learned from recent investigations. For its part, the TSB shared information on its human factors expertise, occurrence investigation challenges in remote and inhospitable environments, engineering services, and investigation methodology.

The mandate of the AIG is to share best practices and experiences in dealing with air safety investigation in our Nordic operating area.  The hosting duties are shared between the member countries.  Last year's meeting was held in Finland, and next year's will be in Iceland.  Of note at this year's meeting was the inclusion of an observer from Great Britain.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

For more information, contact:
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Media Relations
Telephone: 819-994-8053
Email: media@tsb.gc.ca