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Canada’s safety record compares well with others, but its skies aren’t risk-free

By Kathy Fox      

Among the trouble spots: the way in which companies are required to manage the safety risks within their organizations is inconsistent.

An overhead view of the wreckage path of an Ornge air-ambulance helicopter that crashed in Moosonee, Ont. on May 31, 2013, killing its four crew members. Ornge has since taken safety actions to help fix problems that led to the crash. Transportation Safety Board image

Air transport plays a vital role in the Canadian economy, bringing people and goods closer together and helping to shrink the vast distances from coast to coast to coast. And whether they’re in St. John’s, Ottawa, Victoria, or Inuvik, Canadians can take pride in knowing that our aviation network is among the world’s best, comparing favourably with the safety record of any other country.

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