Squigee From Canada, joined May 2001, 652 posts, RR: 4 Posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 810 times:
"Despite concerns about aviation standards, Transport Canada issued a certificate of airworthiness for a controversial Russian helicopter after extensive diplomatic pressure from President Vladimir Putin and other top Russian officials, according to documents obtained by The Globe and Mail."
"In a memo last summer, Transport Canada said the helicopter did not comply with its airworthiness standards."
"The lobbying effort continued in Russia, with Canadian Transport Minister David Collenette meeting with a Russian official in Moscow in July, 2001."
This is another example of where our beloved elected officials will buy political favors with the safety of their voters. It's absolutely disgusting that the government would pressure Transport Canada to approve an unsafe design. I hope Collenette is killed in an accident with one of these helicopters- it would serve him right.
Someday, we'll look back at this, laugh nervously, and then change the subject.