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Federal government not meeting air-safety recommendations: Analysis

On average, the board warned the government of these deficiencies 76 months ago.

Air France launched a lawsuit after its plane crashed at Pearson in August, 2005by Sarah Schmidt

OTTAWA, November 25, 2008 — The federal government has failed to fully implement half the recommendations in the last decade from the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) to fix safety gaps in Canada's air transportation system, according to an analysis by Canwest News Service.

Transport Canada has fully satisfied the board in 26 of the 53 recommendations. In the remaining cases, the government has not taken adequate action to "substantially reduce or eliminate the safety deficiency" for air travellers.

Of the 27 delinquent files, the board has determined Transport Canada's response to be "unsatisfactory" in two cases, because the board has received "inadequate explanations to convince it that the risks are not worth pursuing." Both are in response to recommendations related to the Swiss Air crash off the coast of Nova Scotia in 1998 that killed 229 people.

In 10 cases, Transport Canada has committed to fix the safety deficiencies flagged by the board as far back as March 1999, but has yet to do so. On average, the board warned the government of these deficiencies 76 months ago . . .

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  Federal government not meeting air-safety recommendations: Analysis, by Sarah Schmidt, Canwest News Service, November 25 2008

Posted: November 26, 2008

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