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TSB Canada launches watchlist of safety issues
16 March 2010

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) released a “Watchlist” that points to nine critical safety issues troubling Canada’s transportation system. The TSB Watchlist took shape after analysts found troubling patterns in their work.

Three safety issues related to aviation:
Problem: There is ongoing risk that aircraft may collide with vehicles or other aircraft on the ground at Canadian airports.
Solution: Improved procedures and the adoption of enhanced collision warning systems are required at Canada’s airports.

Problem: Fatalities continue to occur when planes collide with land and water while under crew control.
Solution: Wider use of technology is needed to help pilots assess their proximity to terrain.

Problem: Landing accidents and runway overruns continue to occur at Canadian airports.
Solution: In bad weather, pilots need to receive timely information about runway surface conditions.
Airports need to lengthen the safety areas at the end of runways or install other engineered systems and structures to safely stop planes that overrun.