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T.S.B: Transport Canada response to fatal 2011 Resolute crash not enough

Yellowknife, NWT – The Transportation Safety Board says Transport Canada’s response to a plane crash that killed 12 people in Resolute, Nunavut in Aug. 2011 doesn’t go far enough.

The First Air flight, which originated in Yellowknife, slammed into a hill near the airport after an approach that the T.S.B says should have been aborted.

In a news release, the Safety Board says the aircraft arrived high and fast on final approach and was not configured for landing on a timely basis.

Following an investigation into the accident, the T.S.B recommended Transport Canada require operators of large commercial aircraft to monitor and reduce the incidence of unstable approaches that continue to a landing.

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Instead, Transport Canada issued a Civil Aviation Safety Alert that encourages operators to identify unstable approaches and develop mitigation measures for the risks they pose.

The T.S.B says taking a voluntary approach could mean operators don’t have the data to assess the risks posed by unstable approaches.

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