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Canadian safety investigators to review and compare Australian ATSB processes
2 August 2013
Canadian TSB investigators assess an aircraft involved in an accident (photo: TSB)

Canadian TSB investigators assess an aircraft involved in an accident (photo: TSB)

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) will conduct an independent external review of the ATSB’s investigation processes and publish the results. This review is a follow up on a recommendation made by an Australian Senate Committee.

The review, to begin with an initial visit by the TSB team in August 2013, will provide an independent and objective assessment of the ATSB’s investigation methodology and processes.
The review team will benchmark TSB investigation methodologies with the ATSB’s and compare them with international standards. The review will also examine how ATSB methodologies and processes have been applied to ATSB investigations and compare them with TSB approaches.
It is anticipated that the TSB will produce a final report early in the northern spring of 2014.

The TSB’s review stems from a recommendation made by the Australian Senate Committee on Aviation Accident Investigations in May 2013. The committee was initiated in the wake of an accident involving the ditching of a medical evacuation IAI Westwind jet in November 2009.
The Committee stated in their final report amongst others that parts of the ATSB investigation process [of the Westwind jet accident] lacked transparency, objectivity and due process.

One of the recommendations stated: “…that the training offered by the ATSB across all investigator skills sets be benchmarked against other agencies by an independent body by, for example, inviting the NTSB or commissioning an industry body to conduct such a benchmarking exercise.”

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