Minister Cannon issues statement on helicopter accident near Alice Arm, British Columbia

    OTTAWA, Aug. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, released the following statement
concerning today's accident involving an aircraft operated by Prism
Helicopters near Alice Arm, British Columbia.
    "It has been a tragic week for aviation in British Columbia. On behalf of
the Government of Canada, I would like to convey my condolences to the
families and friends of the victims of this accident.
    "Transport Canada follows up on every aviation accident in Canada to
ensure that an accident of this nature can be avoided in future. As such, we
will cooperate fully with the Transportation Safety Board as they investigate
and determine the cause. 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 the 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
    "The Government of Canada remains dedicated to keeping Canada's
transportation system safe and secure."

For further information:

For further information: Catherine Loubier, Director of Communications,
Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa,
(613) 991-0700; Jillian Glover, Communications, Transport Canada, Vancouver,
(604) 666-1675; Transport Canada is online at Subscribe to news
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