Did Carlton St. shooting prompt Air Canada to remove crews from downtown Winnipeg?

An interesting post from “Longhauler”, seemingly an Air Canada crew member, on the Airliners.net Civil Aviation discussion forum. The shooting he is likely referring to is the Sept. 19th shooting on Carlton Street, about 350 metres from the Radisson Hotel.

Air Canada recently announced that its crews would no longer be staying at the hotel for security reasons.

No this decision came from the Corporate Security department of the airline. This large department is always doing “risk assessment” everywhere Air Canada flies. Not just for aircrew safety when away from base, but also for passengers and aircraft.

 For example, a few years back, there was concern about Tel Aviv. As a result, aircraft and crew were laying over in Cyprus, then shuttling back and forth to pick up and drop off passengers. These types of risk assessments are continually done everywhere worldwide Air Canada flies.

 In the case of Winnipeg, if I understand correctly, the final straw was a murder in the parking lot of the hotel during daylight hours. Combined with continued concern from police reports, the risk was considered too high.

Thus, the decision to pull crews from downtown Winnipeg likely wasn’t driven by the availability of a better deal at the Sandman Hotel or to make some kind of point on the eve of a provincial election — just by the desire to protect the airline from lawsuits and operational problems.

Love or hate Air Canada’s crews and onboard service, you have to at least applaud their safety-first mindset, without which the airline wouldn’t have gone 28 years without a fatal accident. (The most recent fatal accident: the June 2, 1983 DC-9 fire in Cincinnati.)

* – See also Jean Leloup’s thoughtful post on Winnipeg’s pros and cons from a Calgarian’s point of view.


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3 Responses to Did Carlton St. shooting prompt Air Canada to remove crews from downtown Winnipeg?

  1. Jon says:

    What about the Dryden Crash in 1989 ? Air Ontario was part of Air Canada , no ?

  2. theviewfromseven says:

    Air Canada owned but did not operate Air Ontario, which had its own CEO and management.

    (I recall being grounded in Toronto overnight when Air Ontario’s flight attendants went on strike because they wanted to have the chance to move laterally to AC as jobs opened up there instead of going to the back of the queue with all the other new hires — or something to that effect.)

  3. Jim Burnside says:

    Really do not see why Sam is so pissed afew years ago they were going to stop lay overs here at least they are not doing that.

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