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Canada's security authorities are initiating an air taxi survey of those who are worried about the number of fatalities related to these surgeries each year. Delivered Tuesday night, the Transportation safety board of Canada said the test point aims to establish why this aerospace cluster has seen 175 fatalities over the past decade, dating back to 2004.
"We will analyze historic and case study information from select Canadian casualties and events from other nations," said Kathy Fox, Chairman of the Technical Board of Safety and Health (TSB). "We will also involve industries, regulators and other interested parties in the next few month to get a full grasp of the problems of air taxi operations."
Of the 39 air traffic accident cases in Canada last year, 18 were air taxi deaths. "Let us take a close look at why this is so and hopefully find security shortcomings and make suggestions to make this industry safer," said Chris Krepski, spokesman for the European Commission's Health and Consumer Protection Agency. For several years, the SLB has said that the authorities should make changes to the rules for air taxi.
A proposal is to impose the use of air recorder and dictation devices on these aeroplanes, as the recorder is already needed for large aeroplanes and 94 per cent correspond to small aeroplane cases. Johnn McKenna, Chairman of the Air Transport Association of Canada, considers the survey a good concept, but does not believe that there are common security problems.
It' s not about other security factors," McKenna said. TSB says it will start its inquiry early next year, after which the executive could make a recommendation to the state.
German Security Agency investigates causes of the warning number of deadly air taxi accidents in Canada
To investigate the causes of a worrying number of deaths in Canada from air taxi traffic - business travel with less than 10 occupants - the US Transport Security board will be conducting a security survey. According to the findings of the B.C. Council, 175 deaths - 59 in B.C. - occurred in the last ten years in the air taxi industry, accounting for 65 percent of all deaths in business air transport.
Instead of, as usual, investigating the cause of an accident in isolation, the Executive Committee will deal with a number of fundamental questions that are contributing to air taxi incidents, which include insufficient hazard assessment, decision-making and meteorology. Whilst air transport for hire is generally recognised as the most secure form of travelling, the dangers of travelling with smaller airlines are increasing.
In 2013, Transport Canada reported that the air taxi industry was the cause of 18 out of 39 air transport fatalities and five out of seven fatalities. On Wednesday, Bill Yearwood, chief executive of the company's global air taxi division, said in an interviewee that the air taxi industry often travels to isolated areas without having recourse to the same service - which includes meteorological information and air control - as large airliners.
"There will be dealt with all the questions, all incidents with this group," he said the trial, referring to the task have not yet been established. Though 2014 was a calm year for B.C.'s air taxi accident scene, one aviator and two passenger were killed in an Air Cab Cessna 185 air accident near the Potts Lagoon off Port McNeill on October 24, 2013.
Another pilots and passengers were killed when an Air Nootka de Havilland Beaver floatplane went down on the Hesquiat peninsula on 15 August 2013. "Looking back over the year, the air taxi is moving its heads as the fellowship that causes more deadly accidents," Yearwood said. B.C. coroners officers have released reports that 202 persons were killed in 111 aircraft fatalities between January 2000 and December 2009.
34 percent of the cases involve business air travel, 42 percent fatal. Accidents transporting employees to distant workplaces or warehouses account for the highest proportion of fatalities in civil air travel. Warning of the security sign comes almost five years after the collapse of a Seair Beaver floatplane in Lyall Harbour, off Saturna Island, which caused the death of six occupants, among them a physician and her young child.
Altogether 22 persons were killed in four seaplane accidents in B.C. - two on sea and two on shore - between August 2008 and May 2010. Meanwhile, several swimmer operators have adopted voluntary security precautions, among them the compulsory passenger wear of buoyancy aids - in particular not by Harbour Air, the biggest carrier - as well as retractable exit doors and enhanced locking devices, and the Floatplane Operators Association.
The Transport Canada proposal would oblige passenger and flight crews to carry a floatation instrument when entering a floatplane or in operation on or above sea, and would necessitate compulsory initial distress education for airline pilot of fixed-braced airliners. Also in 1994, the German Transportation Security Board published a comprehensive hydroplane security review containing 1,432 fatalities, 452 of which 168 occurred on the surface, over a 15-year timeframe.
Between January and October of this year there were around 35,000 seaplane flights at Vancouver Harbour and a further 25,000 at Vancouver International Airports.