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MONTREAL, Dec. 18, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada operated today its first non-stop flight between Toronto Pearson and Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. Service to Mont-Tremblant will be operated four times per week
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Calgary, Alberta, 17 December 2014 – In its investigation report (R13C0069) released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) identified intense and unprecedented flooding as the major factor contributing to the failure of the Bonnybrook Bridge in June 2013. A Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) freight train derailed six tank cars. There were no injuries in the accident and the tank cars were safely removed without spill or damage to the environment.

On 27 June 2013, at 03:20 Mountain Daylight Time, a CP freight train, proceeding eastward from Calgary to Medicine Hat, Alberta, derailed six tank cars which remained upright on the Bonnybrook Bridge. The original single track bridge had been built in 1897, was expanded to accommodate an additional two tracks in 1912, and another bridge for a fourth track was added in 1969. The bridge failed at Pier No. 2 of the original bridge under the 67th and 68th cars.

A comprehensive examination of the bridge failure was conducted. It revealed that flood water flow had attacked the shale bedrock/clay pier foundation, eroding and undermining it. Scouring action of the flooding Bow River on the downstream end of Pier No. 2 resulted in a loss of foundation support to the pier.

The investigation determined that train handling did not contribute to the accident, and the CP inspections of the bridge before the accident exceeded Transport Canada requirements. It also highlighted that the unified command structure initiated by the City of Calgary Fire Department worked well in securing the site and in developing and executing the plan to safely remove the derailed cars from the bridge.

Following the accident, Transport Canada issued a number of safety communications regarding bridge inspections to all railway companies. In addition, CP revised its bridge inspection practices, its inspector training program and is investing in research for the early detection of scour and erosion at railway bridges.

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Calgary, Alberta, 16 December 2015 – Today the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its investigation report (R13C0049) into a May 2013 collision between two Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) trains just east of Dunmore, Alberta. The accident highlights the need for action on two of the TSB's Watchlist issues: following railway signal indications and on-board video and voice recorders.

On 18 May 2013, at about 1330 Mountain Daylight Time, a westbound CP train, approaching Dunmore on the Maple Creek Subdivision, passed a stop signal and struck the side of an eastbound CP train that was leaving Dunmore. Two locomotives and four cars derailed; a number of other cars were damaged but there was no impact to the environment. A train conductor suffered minor injuries.

The investigation found that the attention of the crew members on the westward train was likely diverted away from the task of establishing a common understanding of the wayside signals by the demands of other operational tasks. The train was then operated as though the way was clear. Because these occurrences continue to happen, the TSB has called for additional physical safety defences to ensure that railway signal indications governing operating speed or operating limits are consistently recognized and followed.

The investigation further found that until locomotive in-cab video and voice recorders are installed on lead locomotives, there is a risk that valuable information will continue to be unavailable. Objective data is integral in helping investigators understand the sequence of events leading to an accident and in identifying operational issues and human factors. That is why the TSB has called on the railway industry to ensure communications in the locomotive cab are recorded, and is committed to working with Transport Canada and the industry to remove any legislative barriers that would prevent the installation of these devices.

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Calgary, Alberta, 15 December 2014 - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) will be available to the news media to discuss the release of its investigation report (R13C0069) into the bridge failure and derailment of Canadian Pacific Railway freight train at Calgary’s Bonnybrook Bridge in 2013. The Investigator-in-Charge will make a short presentation and then be available to answer questions. A French language spokesperson will be available by telephone.

When:

17 December 2014 at 10:00 am. Mountain Standard Time

Where:

The Joffre Room, Conference Centre, Area 160
Harry Hays Building, 220 4th Avenue S.E.
Calgary, Alberta T2G 4X3

Who:

George Fowler, Investigator-in-Charge
A French language spokesperson is available by telephone at (819) 994-8053.

This event is for media only. Media representatives will need to show their outlet identification.


The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Media Relations
819-994-8053

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Toronto global hub expansion continues with second Brazilian destination TORONTO, Dec. 12, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada has inaugurated new non-stop service between Toronto Pearson and Rio
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Canadian Olympic freestyle skier tops national poll for Air Canada Athlete of the Year Award MONTREAL, Dec. 12, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced that Canadian freestyle skier Alexandre
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Toronto, Ontario, 11 December 2014 – In its investigation report (R13T0060) released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined that a rail fracture caused by the impact of a broken wheel led to the derailment of a Canadian Pacific (CP) freight train near White River, Ontario. Three Class 111 tank cars released product. Two of the tank cars released petroleum crude oil and one released canola oil as a result of the accident. There were no injuries.

On 3 April 2013, a CP freight train, travelling from Edmonton, Alberta to Toronto, Ontario, experienced an undesired emergency brake application near White River. This occurs automatically when air pressure in a train's braking system is interrupted anywhere along the train. Twenty-two cars derailed, nine of which were Class 111 tank cars. Seven of nine tank cars contained dangerous goods (petroleum crude oil – UN 1267). During the derailment, several cars rolled down an embankment. Two of the Class 111 tank cars released almost 102,000 litres of crude oil, while another Class 111 tank car released 18,000 litres of canola oil, which is not considered a dangerous good.

The investigation determined that there were no issues with respect to train handling and there were no track defects in the area of the derailment. Four days prior to the occurrence, a trackside wheel impact load detection system had recorded a wheel impact that was greater than the Association of American Railroads (AAR) wheel removal threshold, but company guidelines permitted the wheel to remain in service. Subsequently the wheel failed, fractured the rail, and caused the derailment. The top and bottom fittings on the dangerous goods tank cars did not adequately protect against product release during the derailment.

Following the occurrence, Transport Canada and the AAR began discussions on design improvements to Class 111 tank car bottom outlet valves to prevent product releases during a derailment. The AAR has since proposed design improvements to tank car bottom outlet valves.

The transportation of flammable liquids by rail is a Watchlist issue.

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Gatineau, Quebec, 10 December 2014 – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada today released its investigation report (M13C0071) into the striking and subsequent grounding of the cargo ship Claude A. Desgagnes in the St. Lawrence Seaway near Iroquois, Ontario on 6 November 2013.

The investigation found that, as the vessel proceeded downriver, the pilot and master of the Claude A. Desgagnes disagreed on manoeuvres to use while approaching the Iroquois Lock. They both knew that the vessel's speed of approach needed to be reduced; however, each thought that a different method was the best way to slow the vessel. As a result, the vessel was not slowed by any means, continued on its path and struck the Iroquois Lock upper approach wall. Following the striking, they attempted to realign the vessel, but they were unable to regain control. The vessel crossed the channel and ran aground.

Although normal procedures state that the pilot issues orders and advises the master, the master is ultimately responsible for the safety of the vessel and for all decisions made, including which orders to enact.

The challenge in crew communications found in this occurrence is consistent with the findings of TSB's safety issues investigation (SII) of 1995: A Safety Study of the Operational Relationship between Ship Masters/Watchkeeping Officers and Marine Pilots.” The SII determined that misunderstandings between masters and pilots, often caused by a lack of adequate communication, were a significant factor in many marine occurrences involving piloted vessels.

After this occurrence, the owner, Transport Desgagnés Inc., revised and updated its Bridge Manual Instructions.

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MONTREAL, Dec. 9, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Canada today announced additional details of its previously stated plans for profitable growth. Strategic enhancements include expanding its North American route network with
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