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April 18, 2012
Transportation accidents continued their downwards trend in 2011
Air, marine, pipeline and rail accidents and incidents in Canada continued their downwards trend in 2011 according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada's (TSB) preliminary transportation occurrence statistics.
Overall in 2011, 7.9 transportation occurrences were reported to the TSB each day-down from 8.4 in 2010. Of the 2,882 total occurrences reported, 121 resulted in fatalities.
The encouraging trend in the rail sector continued in 2011, with fatalities reaching a five-year low of 71. Notable strides have also been made in the number of crossing accidents and non main track derailments. The pipeline industry reported 5 accidents, the lowest number since 2005. The number of incidents rose slightly to 165.
This past year also saw a significant decline in marine occurrences reported to the TSB, with accidents falling 23% from the 2006-2010 average of 420, and incidents decreasing to 221 from the five year average of 251.
In the aviation sector, 932 occurrences were reported to the TSB, representing an 18% decrease over the 2006-2010 average of 1,135 occurrences. Overall, aircraft accident rates in Canada have continued to improve, with 5.7 accidents per 100,000 flying hours, down from the five-year rate of 6.2.
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