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Air Canada's Track Record

Tue Nov 13, 2001 1:50 pm

What kind of accident track record does AC have?
 
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RE: Air Canada's Track Record

Tue Nov 13, 2001 10:29 pm

It's a very safe airline, with one of the best safety records in the world.
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RE: Air Canada's Track Record

Tue Nov 13, 2001 10:32 pm

They're considered a safe airline. Their last fatality-causing accident was the Cincinnati DC-9 fire in 1983.

Among their regional feeders, the last fatal accident involved an Air Ontario F28 which crashed in Dryden, Ont. in 1989 due to ice on the wings.

 
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RE: Air Canada's Track Record

Tue Nov 13, 2001 11:27 pm

Air Canada has been named the safest airline in the world.
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RE: Air Canada's Track Record

Wed Nov 14, 2001 12:38 am

I believe that Cincinnati fire was caused by someone smoking in the lav wasn't it? Can anyone confirm that?

So it's been almost 20 years since they've had a fatality due to a crash. I think that's pretty impressive for a large international carrier.
 
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RE: Air Canada's Track Record

Wed Nov 14, 2001 2:30 am

From what I've heard, the Cincinnati fire is suspected to have been somehow associated with the flush motor in the lav, with the fire having originally started behind a wall.

Besides AC, the other carriers, past and present, have had excellent records as well. Among the larger airlines (AC, CP, C3, WJ, QN, etc.) that have come and gone, none have had fatal accidents since the '80s or earlier (or none at all in some cases), though Transat came scarily close in the Azores.
 
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RE: Air Canada's Track Record

Wed Nov 14, 2001 2:41 am

The cause of the fire in Cincinatti was never determined, but a connection was suggested to the lav flush motors because breakers had apparently tripped their 11 minutes before the initial fire warning. Also, this incident can not be called a CRASH ,because the plane laned safely, and have the people got out, and THEN the fire flared up and killed 23 people. Air Canada's only real CRASH was in 1973 (I Think), the DC-8 at YYZ, crew error, but also a bit of a design error by Douglas. Their only other fatal incident was a DC-9 (the one delivered right before the cincinatti one, incidentally), in 1978, that overran the runway at YYZ after an aborted takeoff, with two dead.
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RE: Air Canada's Track Record

Wed Nov 14, 2001 2:42 am

Did they not have a major crash involving a DC-8 near Heathrow many many moons ago? Or have I just imagined that?
 
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RE: Air Canada's Track Record

Wed Nov 14, 2001 3:37 am

Check out http://www.airdisaster.com/cgi_bin/airline_detail.cgi?airline=Air+Canada

Sorry, I was wrong about the DC-8 crash being at Heathrow. Actually, it was at Pearson in Toronto on 07.05.1970 killing all 109 souls on board. Perhaps the flight had been inbound from Heathrow? I seem to recall something like that. The description given is as follows:

60 feet above the ground during landing, the speedbrakes were inadvertantly deployed by the First Officer, which resulted in an excessive sink rate. The no.4 engine struck the runway, and a go-around was initiated. The aircraft proceeded to climb out normally, but while on a downwind for a second landing attempt, the aircraft exploded. Ruptured fuel line during the first hard landing.
 
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RE: Air Canada's Track Record

Wed Nov 14, 2001 3:46 am

I'm not sure if you also want to include the record of Trans-Canada Airlines as part of Air Canada's history but if so you should also include this fatal DC8 crash near Montreal in 1963:

http://www.airdisaster.com/cgi_bin/view_details.cgi?date=11291963&airline=Trans+Canada+Air+Lines

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RE: Air Canada's Track Record

Wed Nov 14, 2001 5:05 am

An RJ skidded off the runway in Fredricton a few years ago...no fatalities.

I believe the DC-8 in 1970 was coming in from Montreal (and the TCA in 63 was headed to Pearson...how about that).
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