For release August 11,
MINISTER OF TRANSPORT RESPONDS TO TRANSPORTATION
SAFETY BOARD’S INTERIM AVIATION SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS
REGARDING THERMAL ACOUSTICAL INSULATION MATERIALS
OTTAWA — Transport
Minister David Collenette today responded to the Transportation
Safety Board of Canada’s (TSB) two interim aviation safety recommendations
on thermal acoustical insulation materials. The recommendations
were released as a result of the TSB’s ongoing investigation into
the fatal Swissair Flight 111 accident of September 2, 1998 at Peggy’s
Cove, Nova Scotia.
"I would first like to recognize the thoroughness of the Transportation
Safety Board’s ongoing work in investigating the accident at Peggy’s
Cove," said Mr. Collenette. "Transport Canada
concurs with the recommendations and will continue to take required
action to improve aviation safety in Canada
in response to the Board’s concerns."
The TSB interim recommendations direct aviation regulatory authorities
"confirm that sufficient action is being taken, on an urgent
basis, to reduce or eliminate the risk associated with the use of
metallized PET*-covered insulation blankets in aircraft," and
"on an urgent basis, validate all thermal acoustical insulation
materials in use, or intended for use, in applicable aircraft, against
test criteria that are more rigorous than those in Appendix F of
FAR* 25.853, and similar regulations, and that are representative
of actual in-service system performance."
(*PET stands for polyethelene teraphthalate. FAR refers to the
Federal Aviation Regulations of the U.S.)
has confirmed that there are no aircraft operated by Canadian carriers
that were manufactured with metallized PET-covered insulation.
"In response to the first recommendation, Transport Canada’s
experts consulted with the United States Federal Aviation Administration
on possible ways to mitigate risk," said Mr. Collenette. "I
understand that the FAA today ordered aircraft operators to replace
these insulation blankets on affected aircraft within four years."
"With respect to the second recommendation, the FAA has sought
and received input from Transport Canada regarding the development
of new standards and regulations governing test criteria for thermal
acoustical insulation materials," said Mr. Collenette. "Transport
will continue to consult on the subject with the Canadian aviation
industry, including aircraft and equipment manufacturers and suppliers,
as well as with industry in the U.S.
and Europe with a view to harmonizing Canadian
safety regulations with any new requirements."
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