Minister Cannon issues statement on aviation accident near Port Hardy, British Columbia

    OTTAWA, Aug. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today released the following
statement concerning yesterday's accident involving an aircraft operated by
Pacific Coastal Airlines near Port Hardy, British Columbia.
    "On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to convey my
condolences to the families and friends of those killed in this tragic
    "We will cooperate fully with the Transportation Safety Board as they
investigate this accident. Transport Canada has appointed a Minister's
Observer, who will keep me informed of the investigation's progress.
    "In addition, the department will verify that the company continues to
comply with all aspects of Canadian Aviation Regulations and the conditions of
its air operator certificate.
    "Any safety deficiencies identified through the Transportation Safety
Board's investigation or through Transport Canada's verifications will be
addressed immediately.
    "The Government of Canada remains dedicated to keeping Canada's
transportation system safe and secure.."

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(613) 991-0700; Jillian Glover, Communications, Transport Canada, Vancouver,
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