Aviation news release 2011

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada releases assessments of responses to recommendations from Saturna Island floatplane accident

(Gatineau, Quebec, 28 July 2011) – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its assessments of Transport Canada's responses to the two Board recommendations, which were made following its investigation into the fatal 29 November 2009 accident involving a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver floatplane off of Lyall Harbour, Saturna Island, BC.

The final report (A09P0397) and all relevant materials are available on this site.

More information on the TSB's recommendation assessment process can be found on the Recommendations page.

On 29 November 2009, a Seair Seaplanes Ltd. de Havilland DHC-2 (Beaver) was departing Lyall Harbour, Saturna Island, en route to the Vancouver International Airport, British Columbia. After an unsuccessful attempt at taking off downwind, the pilot took off into the wind towards the island. The aircraft became airborne, but remained below the surrounding terrain. The aircraft turned left, then descended and collided with the water. The pilot and one passenger survived with serious injuries. The other six occupants drowned inside the aircraft.


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