Final reports: CBAA oversight lacking in Global 5000 crash

 - December 29, 2009, 8:48 AM

Bombardier Global 5000, Fox Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada, Nov. 11, 2007– Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) found that charter operator Jetport’s management structure exhibited “several indicators that adequate resources were not in place,” to prevent the accident, which injured 10 people after the Global touched down just short of the 4,885-foot runway. The aircraft sustained major structural damage.

According to the TSB, the Global descended below and remained below the abbreviated precision approach path indicator on-slope indication 0.5 nm from the runway threshold. Jetport held a private operator certificate issued by the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) under delegation by Transport Canada. “At the time of the Fox Harbour accident,” the TSB report noted, “the CBAA did not participate in, or observe, audits of its POC holders and did not have a quality-assurance program in place. This allowed deficiencies in Jetport’s [safety management system] to go unnoticed.” Although the CBAA has “amended its manuals to include a quality-assurance framework for its POC program,” the TSB reported, the agency recommended that the CBAA “set safety management system implementation milestones for its certificate holders” and “implement an effective quality-assurance program for auditing certificate holders.”