On the 5th of December, 2006 a "Call for an Investigation for Cause" into the February 28, 2005 fatal air taxi accident of C-GAQW was sent to Nick Stoss, the Director of Air Investigations for the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada, among others. Although significant evidence had been provided, and more has since come to light, which should have brought the class of investigation up to at least a level 3, the investigation remains a class 5 with no investigation for cause. This in turn resulted in Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Department being unable to appoint a Ministers' Observer and thus closing the investigation into infringements on the Labour Code. This has further resulted in the delay of the BC Coroner Service, the RCMP and Worksafe BC furthering their investigations. We believe an investigation for cause is necessary to: reduce the risk involved in the air taxi, and more specifically floatplane, transportation service sector; uncover facts; initiate remedial action; reflect the actual extent of lost lives; appease public interest and concern; and to address the deficiencies of Transport Canada Civil Aviation (involvement of an arm of government).
The lack of importance placed on the loss of five souls by the TSB, and this accident's testimony to the many flaws in the current system of air taxi governance (reflected by the sector's abysmal accident/fatal accident rate), reflects very badly on the TSB's adherence to its mandate to advance transportation safety in Canada.
To date, no official response has been received to our demand. Although the TSB continue to "investigate", they refuse to confirm whether there will be a future letter to the coroner, or accident report, reflecting our concerns. At this time, we formally request that you, as the President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and the Director General of Investigations for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, attend to our demand for an investigation for cause and an increase in the TSB level of Occurrence Classification as soon as possible. To continue to ignore the very real concerns we have continually expressed is also to ignore the many safety concerns of the air taxi sector of transportation in Canada. Will the Transportation Safety Board investigate the cause of this accident to determine why five men died?