"Given that the aircraft are back in service, presumably this was a minor problem."
This is NOT a minor incident! Far from it. For God sake, the entire rudder assembly almost detached from the fuselage. WHEN is Tranpsort Canada going to wake up and get its act together re industry watchdog, and execute the functions and duties they are supposed to in regards to pax and crew safety. I don't know if this particular A310 was ex-LH, but it should not be a factor re this incident. It's not about age, it's all about proper and regulated maintenance practices and procedures which bloody well should be constantly monitored by M.O.T. After all, Air Canada, for example, has numerous B767 aircraft much older than the TSA310's flying, and I don't see their rudder assembly's detaching or semi-detaching.
And before anyone starts singing the proverbial praises about Canada's wonderful civil air safety infrastructure, remember that we're talking about a Canadian Government body that allowed Nationair Canada to operate under
the most atrocious and unprofessional internal conditions which directly led to the Jeddah disaster of 1990, not to mention too many near incidents with Nationair revenue flights. Nationair was a carrier which should have had it's Goddamned license pulled LONG before it closed shop, for too many reasons to go into here. Transport Canada was absolutely negligent in allowing this carrier to operate. Period. Who's running the show in Ottawa, for God sake?
Why is it that almost every Canadian registered aircraft incident or near incident nearly always points back towards Quebec maintenance base operations and procedures? And I won't even get started with Michel LeBlanc and Jetsgo ops.
This Air Transat incident should be a huge wake up call for M.O.T. It should also be a huge wake up call for the industry and the revenue generating pax. TS
's press release is all roses - everything back to normal, as one would expect from any carrier with an incident this serious, the timing of which is horrible for TS
, given the just announced class action lawsuite settlement with the group of Pax from TS236.
If, and I repeat, IF
, Air Transat is negligent in safety/maintenance ops, then we should be counting on our Federal governing body to step in and execute procedures that will ensure TS
is adhering to said implemented Canadian civil avaition maintenance guidelines. In my opinion, M.O.T should be thinking of suspending TS
's ops certificate, lock down the fleet and go over their aircraft and maitenance ops with a fine tooth comb. There is obviously something seriously amiss here.
What is it going to take to bring Canada back to the level re civil aviation safety standards? Another TS236 near miss? Another Nationair Jeddah?
And when are the Canadian travelling public going to be non-complacent?