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  • Mid-air collision between W.M.K. Holdings Ltd. (dba McMurray Aviation), Cessna 172P, C-GJSE and Cessna A185E, C-FAXO, 21 nm NE of Fort McMurray, Alberta, on 21 June 2015

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    The W.M.K. Holdings Ltd. (hereafter called McMurray Aviation) Cessna 172P (registration C-GJSE, serial number 17274696) was conducting a day visual flight rules instructional flight in the practice area northeast of the Fort McMurray, Alberta (CYMM) Airport. A privately operated Cessna A185E (registration C-FAXO, serial number 18501737), equipped with amphibious floats, was inbound to CYMM on a flight plan from Lloyd Lake, Saskatchewan. At 1917 Mountain Daylight Time, approximately 21 nautical miles northeast of CYMM, the 2 aircraft collided at 2800 feet above sea level (1300 feet above ground level). The collision separated the left float from C-FAXO and displaced the right float, which remained attached.

  • Risk of collision of VIA Rail Canada Inc. passenger train No. 65 at mile 304, GO Transit Kingston Subdivision, Whitby, Ontario on 25 October 2015

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    On 25 October 2015, VIA Rail Canada Inc. passenger train No. 65 (VIA 65) was proceeding westward from Montréal, Quebec, to Toronto, Ontario, on the south track of the Kingston Subdivision, near Whitby, Ontario. At approximately 1615 Eastern Daylight Time, while travelling at about 38 mph, VIA 65 passed a red flag and entered into the work limits of track workers. The train stopped approximately 500 feet from the track workers and some of their equipment on the track. There were no injuries, no derailment, and no track damage.

  • In-flight breakup of Piper PA-32RT-300T, C-GDWA, French River Provincial Park, Ontario on 17 March 2015

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    On 17 March 2015, at 1509 Eastern Daylight Time, a privately registered Piper PA-32RT-300T (registration C-GDWA, serial number 32R-7987047) with 3 people on board departed Sudbury, Ontario, on an instrument flight rules flight to Winston Salem, North Carolina. Approximately 30 nautical miles south of the Sudbury Airport, at an altitude of 10 000 feet above sea level (asl), the pilot advised air traffic control that there was a problem and that the aircraft was returning to Sudbury. Air traffic control cleared the aircraft to a lower altitude, and observed it turning and descending on radar. During the descent, the aircraft disappeared from radar at 8900 feet asl, then reappeared momentarily at 6300 feet asl and 3800 feet asl, after which there were no further radar contacts. Moments later, the aircraft’s emergency locator transmitter emitted a brief signal that was detected by the Cospas-Sarsat search and rescue satellite system. A search for the aircraft was initiated, and wreckage was located the following morning. The aircraft had broken up in flight, and debris was found as far as 6500 feet from the main crash site.

  • Passenger overboard and subsequent loss of life, passenger vessel Northern Spirit I, Toronto, Ontario on 13 June 2015

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    On 13 June 2015, at approximately 1930 Eastern Daylight Time, the Northern Spirit I was on an evening cruise when a passenger fell overboard. The vessel was in a position approximately 4 nautical miles west of Toronto, Ontario at the time. Search and rescue authorities were notified and conducted a search of the area without success. The passenger’s body was recovered 18 days later in Humber Bay by a Toronto Police Service marine unit.

  • Main-track derailment of Canadian National Railway freight train M30511-17 at mile 212.8, Napadogan Subdivision, Saint-Basile, New Brunswick on 17 April 2015

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    On 17 April 2015, at approximately 1450 Atlantic Daylight Time, westbound Canadian National Railway freight train M30511-17, travelling at 46 mph, derailed 35 rail cars and 1 distributed power locomotive at Mile 212.8 on the Napadogan Subdivision, near Saint-Basile, New Brunswick. The derailment destroyed approximately 900 feet of main track. Twenty of the derailed rail cars were residue tank cars that had last contained crude oil (UN 1267, Class 3). There were no leaks and no injuries.