Minister Cannon issues statement on helicopter accident in Cranbrook, British Columbia

May 14, 2008
May 14, 2008 - Montreal - (CNW Telbec) - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister ofTransport, Infrastructure and Communities, today released the following statement concerning the accident involving a helicopter operated by Bighorn in Cranbrook, British Columbia.

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to convey my condolences to the families of those killed in this tragic accident. "We will cooperate fully with the Transportation Safety Board as they investigate this accident. Transport Canada has appointed a Minister'sObserver, who will keep me informed of the investigation's progress."
"In addition, the department will verify that the company continues to comply with all aspects of Canadian Aviation Regulations and the conditions of its air operator certificate." "Any safety deficiencies identified through the Transportation Safety Board's investigation or through Transport Canada's verifications will be addressed immediately." "Transport Canada remains dedicated to keeping Canada's transportation system safe and secure. We will continue to work with the Transportation Safety Board to do all we can to maintain and enhance the safety of Canada's air sector."

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