Minister Cannon issues statement on the 10th anniversary of Swissair 111 accident



    OTTAWA, Sept. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - September 2, 2008 marks the ten-year
anniversary of the tragic accident involving Swissair flight 111 at Peggy's
Cove in Nova Scotia. The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, today released the following statement:
    "It's a day to remember the victims of one of the most tragic air
accidents in Canadian history. My thoughts go out to all the families and
communities affected by this tragedy. They will not be forgotten.
    "I would also like to commend the Transportation Safety Board for its
final investigation report into the accident, released on March 27, 2003. The
Board's thorough work resulted in considerable improvements to aviation safety
around the world. In response to this report, Transport Canada notably
improved fire safety on planes by mandating the removal of flammable
insulation on all Canadian aircraft. Since the accident, Transport Canada has
improved safety in the areas we regulate - and Canadians can feel confident
that the current aviation system is safe.
    "Transport Canada took an important step forward with the introduction of
safety management system regulations. The International Civil Aviation
Organization and the Auditor General of Canada have both applauded our country
as a leader in safety management systems.
    "These additional regulations require aviation organizations to identify
safety issues before they become bigger problems. It's focusing on what we do
to prevent accidents from occurring. I am confident that safety management
systems will help save lives by preventing accidents."




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For further information: Catherine Loubier, Director of Communications,
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(613) 991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055;
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