Canadian airline safety inspections inadequate
Transport Canada failed to conduct planned inspections of about 500 airlines and other aviation companies that could be "higher risk" operations, Canada's auditor general found.
April 5, 2012
Transport Canada failed to conduct planned inspections of about 500 airlines and other aviation companies that could be “higher risk” operations, Canada’s auditor general found.
This finding is one of the “significant weaknesses” in the department’s surveillance activities in civil aviation according to the auditor general. Overall, problems at Transport Canada mean the department, charged with ensuring airlines comply with Canada’s air safety regulations, is not adequately managing its oversight of airline safety risks, the audit concluded.
The audit, completed in September 2011, found that only 67 per cent of air carriers, maintenance companies and large airports were inspected as they should have been under annual surveillance plans in 2010-11. This means about 500 companies flagged for inspections were not inspected.