November 30, 2009 14:28 ET

Baird Issues Statement on Crash Near Saturna Island, B.C.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2009) - Canada's Transport Minister John Baird today released the following statement:

"I would like to extend the federal government's sincere condolences to those affected by yesterday's crash. We extend our best wishes to survivors, and our deepest sympathies to the friends and loved ones of those who perished.

"I can assure you that Transport Canada officials will cooperate fully with the Transportation Safety Board. Transport Canada has appointed a Minister's Observer who will keep me informed of the investigation's progress.

"As a standard response to this type of incident, federal officials 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 Transport Canada's inspections will be addressed immediately.

"Safety is a top priority for our government. We will continue to do all we can to maintain and enhance the safety of Canada's air sector."

Background: On the afternoon of Sunday, November 29, 2009, a DeHavilland Beaver plane owned by Seair Seaplanes Ltd. crashed near Saturna Island, B.C. Two people were rescued. Six people, including an infant, perished. 

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Contact Information

  • Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    Office of Canada's Transport Minister,
    John Baird, Ottawa
    Rod Nelson
    Transport Canada, Vancouver, B.C.