Air transportation

Air transportation occurrences in 2018

The number of aviation accidents (201) reported to the TSB in 2018 was substantially lower than the 5-year average of 249. A strong drop in flight-training accidents following a 2017 peak has brought commercial operator accidents to a total of 66 in 2018, compared to 97 last year and to the 5-year average of 80.

In 2018, 863 aviation incidents were reported to the TSB. This number represents a substantial decrease compared to the previous year (939) but is still higher than the 5-year average of 798. The TSB is reviewing the reported Risk of Collision and Loss of Separation incident data to uncover factors that could help explain why the number of these incidents remains persistently high.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada investigates civil aviation occurrences that take place in or over Canada and any place that is under Canadian air traffic control. It also investigates occurrences anywhere in the world that involved an aircraft in respect of which or that was operated by a person to whom a Canadian aviation document had been issued under Part I of the Aeronautics Act.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada's air investigators are certified as pilots, aircraft maintenance engineers, air traffic controllers, and airworthiness engineers. They all have varied and extensive experience in the aviation industry. As well as conducting investigations, they participate in national and international government and industry groups to monitor safety trends and communicate safety issues to change agents.

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