Multi-Modal media advisory 2010

TSB Laboratory Participates in Doors Open Ottawa

(Gatineau, Quebec, May 31, 2010) - To celebrate 20 years of advancing safety, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is pleased to open its doors to the public for guided tours of its Engineering Laboratory facilities on Saturday, June 5, 2010.

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:

Saturday, June 5, 2010 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. eastern time

Where:

Engineering Laboratory
1901 Research Road
Gloucester, ON
Door on left-side of building

Directions from Downtown Ottawa:

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

Visitors 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. Visitors will also be able to speak with TSB investigators on their areas of expertise.

Visitors will gather at the side entrance of the building to see some displays. From there, they can sign up for a 30-minute guided tour of the facility. Tours start every 15 minutes on the hour with a maximum of 15 participants. Access to some areas will be restricted.

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.

For more information, contact:
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Media Relations
Telephone: 819-994-8053
Email: media@tsb.gc.ca