Canada's 2019 numbers on air, rail, marine & pipeline incidents

2019 transportation crashes

Canada's Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has released its annual statistics on transportation incidents last year.

The findings represent the number of occurrences in 2019 that involve the air, marine, pipeline and rail sectors.


A total of 226 air accidents were reported to the TSB, compared to 201 incidents in 2018. There were 33 fatal air accidents last year, which resulted in 70 deaths.

"Overall, the number of air accidents has been decreasing over the last decade," says the TSB in a press release. "The 2019 overall air accident rate of 3.7 per 100,000 hours flown is above the 2018 rate of 3.3 accidents, but below the average rate of 4.9 accidents over the past 10 years."

The accident rate for Canadian-registered aircraft has decreased from 6.3 incidents per 100,000 hours flown in 2009 to 3.7 in 2019.


Rail accidents were up from the previous year, jumping from 1169 in 2018 to 1246 in 2019. Compared to the average spanning over the past decade, the accident rate last year was 17 per cent higher than normal.

"Rail fatalities totalled 72 in 2019, up from 57 reported last year and approximately the same as the previous 10-year average of 73," says the TSB. "Crossing accident related fatalities totalled 28 in 2019, up from 19 in 2018 and trespasser fatalities totalled 38, up from 34 in the previous year."

The TSB noted that five rail employees were killed in 2019, which is above the decade-average of two.


267 marine accidents were reported to the TSB last year, falling from the 2018 total of 289. The number of 'shipping accidents' decreased to 207, compared to 232 the previous year. But 'accidents aboard ship' went up slightly from 57 to 60.

"17 marine fatalities were reported, which is down from the 22 fatalities reported in 2018, but still above the annual average of 15.2 in the 2009–2018 time period," the TSB says. "12 of the 17 marine fatalities in 2019 were fishing-related, and the data indicates that more needs to be done to improve safety in the commercial fishing industry."

The TSB states that safety improvements in commercial fishing has been on their watchlist since 2010.


There were 48 pipeline occurrences in 2019, none of which were accidents, and is well below the decade average of 132.

"There were no accidents, serious injuries or fatalities arising directly from the operation of any federally-regulated pipeline in 2019," says the TSB. "There have been no fatal accidents on a federally regulated pipeline system directly resulting from the operation of a pipeline since the inception of the TSB in 1990."

Of the 48 incidents, 20 involved a release of product.

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