Canadian Safety Board Wants Increased CRM Training

 - October 15, 2009, 12:22 PM

In the wake of its investigation into the January 2007 fatal crash of a Hawker Beechcraft King Air A100 medical transport in Saskatchewan, the Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is calling on Transport Canada to enact stricter regulations on crew resource management training for all aircraft operators in Canada. “CRM training can significantly improve flight crew effectiveness and provide crews with better coping skills to face emergencies,” said David Ross, investigator in charge, “but recurrent training is needed to change attitudes and behaviors for good.” Current regulations in Canada call for CRM training for pilots of larger airlines, while such training is not required for companies providing air-taxi and commuter services. In its accident investigation, the TSB found that poor communication between crewmembers as they attempted to abort a landing was a factor in the crash that claimed the life of the pilot and destroyed the aircraft. The first officer and two medical technicians aboard the turboprop twin survived but were injured when the aircraft crashed into trees after the botched go-around. “Making this training mandatory for all flight crews is the first step in the right direction, but training must be reinforced so that best practices are not only learned but remembered,” said Ross.