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  • Natural gas pipeline rupture of TransCanada PipeLines Limited Line 400-1 at Mainline Valve Site 402, near Otterburne, Manitoba on 25 January 2014

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    At approximately 0115 Central Standard Time on 25 January 2014, a natural gas pipeline rupture and ignition occurred on TransCanada PipeLines Limited’s 762 mm (30-inch) Line 400-1 at the site of Mainline Valve 402 near Otterburne, Manitoba. A crater measuring approximately 24 metres long by 12.5 metres wide was created, and debris was ejected approximately 100 metres from the rupture site. Natural gas burned for approximately 12 hours. Five residences in the immediate vicinity were evacuated, and Provincial Highway 303 was closed until the fire was extinguished. There were no injuries.

  • Runway incursion and risk of collision, NAV CANADA at Ottawa Control Tower, Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, Ottawa, Ontario on 01 December 2013

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    On 01 December 2013, at 1916 Eastern Standard Time, during the hours of darkness, a Piaggio P-180 (registration C-GFOX, serial number 1065), with 2 crew on board, was authorized to taxi across Runway 14 on its way to Runway 07 at the Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, Ontario. Shortly thereafter, a second aircraft, a de Havilland DHC-8-311 (registration C-GEWQ, serial number 202) operating as Jazz (JZA) 988, a scheduled passenger flight to Montréal/Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Quebec, with 3 crew and 15 passengers on board, was taxiing from the de icing pad to Runway 14 for takeoff. At 1919, JZA988 was cleared for departure and began its take-off roll. At 1920, C-GFOX crossed Runway 14, approximately 4400 feet in front of JZA988. Neither aircraft was aware of the runway incursion and continued their flight without further incident.

  • Runway incursion and risk of collision of a 7506406 Canada Inc. Agusta AW 139 (helicopter), C-GYNM and a Federal Express Airbus 300B4-622R N748FD at Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, Ottawa, Ontario on 05 June 2014

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    The 7506406 Canada Inc. Agusta AW 139 (registration C-GYNM, serial number 41245), operating as Life Flight 4 Medevac (LF 4 Medevac), was on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan from the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, Ontario, to Pembroke, Ontario, on 05 June 2014. LF 4 Medevac received taxi instructions and was instructed to contact the tower when holding short of Runway 25. A correct readback was obtained by the ground controller, and at 0848 Eastern Daylight Time, LF 4 Medevac contacted the tower when holding short of Runway 25. The airport controller acknowledged, amended LF 4 Medevac’s IFR clearance, and then observed LF 4 Medevac taxiing across the hold short line while a Federal Express Corp. Airbus 300B4-622R (registration N748FD, serial number 633), operating as Federal Express Flight 152 Heavy (FDX 152 Heavy), was landing on Runway 25. The airport controller instructed LF 4 Medevac to stop. When LF 4 Medevac stopped taxiing, FDX 152 Heavy was decelerating through a ground speed of 110 knots, approximately 2600 feet from the intersection of Runway 25 and Taxiway Echo.

  • Main-track train derailment of a Canadian Pacific Railway freight train 490-15 at Mile 43.10, Minnedosa Subdivision, Keyes, Manitoba on 15 February 2014

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    On 15 February 2014 at 2211 Central Standard Time, Canadian Pacific Railway freight train 490-15 was proceeding eastward at 42 mph on the Minnedosa Subdivision when a train-initiated emergency brake application occurred and the train came to a stop. Subsequent inspection determined that 27 covered hopper cars loaded with potash and grain had derailed in the vicinity of the Keyes siding located at Mile 43.10 near Gladstone, Manitoba. About 1443 feet of main track and 292 feet of adjacent siding track were damaged. There were no dangerous goods involved and no injuries.