The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its final report into the Air Transat loss of rudder incident that occurred on 06 March 2005.
The TSB investigation found that the A310 aircraft took off from Varadero, Cuba, most probably with pre-existing damage to the rudder. The separation of the rudder from the aircraft together with the findings of the investigation determined that inspection programs for this model of composite rudder are not adequate for the timely detection of defects. The consequences of a rudder separation include reduced directional control and possible separation of the vertical tail plane. (TSB)