Bombardier Statement on the JARAIC Report Regarding the Q400 Aircraft Accident at Kochi Airport, March 13, 2007

Bombardier acknowledges the publication of  the final report prepared  by the Japanese Aircraft and Railway Accidents Investigation Commission (“JARAIC”) concerning the accident on March 13, 2007 at Kochi Airport involving a Q400 aircraft registered as JA849A operated by Air Central Co.

The JARAIC Investigation Commission has identified the probable cause of the accident, based upon its consideration that a bolt on the landing gear door operating linkage was missing. 

While the findings and recommendations contained in the final report are being reviewed, it should be noted that Bombardier has already implemented many of the recommendations proposed in the report during the course of the investigation. This includes the addition of further precautionary steps and documentation procedures in the assembly and repair process.

Bombardier wishes to restate its regrets with respect to the occurrence of such an unfortunate accident and to reconfirm that safety remains the utmost priority. Bombardier has co-operated fully with the Japanese and Canadian authorities in this investigation and extends its appreciation to all involved for the work accomplished.

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Bombardier Aerospace     
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