TSB Opens Doors to Engineering Lab for Media Tour

GATINEAU, QC, May 17 /CNW Telbec/ - To celebrate 20 years of advancing safety, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is pleased to invite journalists for a tour of its Engineering Laboratory facilities. It is an opportunity to give them a "sneak peak" of what the public will see during Doors Open Ottawa on Saturday, June 5, 2010, and to learn about the important work the Lab does during accident investigations.

The TSB Engineering Laboratory plays a pivotal role in the investigation of marine, pipeline, railway, and aviation accidents. Its staff investigates whether mechanical, electrical, material, structural or other deficiencies contributed to accidents. Lab experts analyze information from data recorders ("black boxes"), electronic equipment and field investigators, such as photographs and site surveys, to piece together the sequence of events leading to an accident.

        When:             May 19, 2010 at 10 a.m. eastern time

        Where:            Engineering Laboratory
                          1901 Research Road
                          Gloucester, ON

        Directions from
        Downtown Ottawa:  South on Bronson Ave.
                          Bronson Ave. becomes the Airport Parkway. Continue
                          Take Uplands Dr. exit and turn right.
                          Turn Left at Research Rd.
                          1901 Research Rd. is at intersection with
                          Canadair Priv.

Journalists can expect to see some wreckage and components related to accident investigations, equipment used by investigators to examine materials and electronic systems and the flight recorder analysis area. Examples of an animation derived from flight data recorder information and a reconstruction of a railway accident site based on site survey data will also be shown. Journalists will also be able to speak with some of the Laboratory's investigators on their areas of expertise.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

    This event is for media only. Press credentials are required.

SOURCE Transportation Safety Board of Canada

For further information: For further information: Transportation Safety Board of Canada, Media Relations, (819) 994-8053

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