This page tells you how to report an incident that affects (or could affect) airport or aerodrome safety.
If a serious accident or incident has happened, report it as soon as possible to the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) for investigation.
For how to report aircraft-related incidents — including structural or mechanical problems — see Report a problem with aircraft airworthiness.
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- When are you required to report?
- Report an incident affecting airport or aerodrome safety
- Complain about noise from low-flying aircraft
- Related links
When are you required to report?
If you are a pilot, crew member, or air traffic controller, you must report serious aviation incidents to the Transportation Safety Board. This is a requirement under the Transportation Safety Board Regulations. Serious incidents include:
- death or injury
- missing aircraft
- major structural problems with aircraft
It is not mandatory to report serious incidents or accidents to Transport Canada. However, we strongly encourage airport and aerodrome operators to report critical events using our Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Reporting System (CADORS).
Report an incident affecting airport or aerodrome safety
Aviation Operations Centre (AVOPS)
AVOPS is Transport Canada’s centre for civil aviation emergency preparedness activities and incident reporting.
If you are reporting an emergency (If there is imminent and immediate threat to aviation and public safety), please call our 24/7 emergency numbers (toll free):
Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Reporting System (CADORS)
Transport Canada’s Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Reporting System (CADORS) tracks any airport or aerodrome incident that could affect aviation safety. Reporting incidents to CADORS helps us identify and address hazards.
You may report incidents using CADORS in one of two ways:
- For high-profile, critical incidents, as defined in Annex A of the Aerodrome Safety Circular 97-002, immediately call AVOPS:
- For all other incidents, as defined in see Annex B of the Aerodrome Safety Circular 97-002:
- Fill out an Aviation Incident Report Form.
See the Aerodrome Safety Circular 97-002 for more information about when to report using CADORS.
Did you know that you can view all incidents reported to Transport Canada through CADORS? To search for national or regional reports, or to subscribe for daily updates, visit the CADORS Main Menu.
Complaints about low-flying aircraft and noise
For complaints about low-flying aircraft and noise, contact the relevant airport authority:
- Report a drone incident
- Report a safety incident at a cellular tower or other aviation obstacle
- Report a problem with aircraft airworthiness
- Report an aviation security incident
- Report an aviation incident involving dangerous goods
- Canadian Transport Emergency Centre (CANUTEC)
- 2016 Emergency Response Guidebook
- Emergency Response Assistance Plans (ERAPs)