Use of seatbelts and cargo security - Civil Aviation Safety Alerts (CASA) No. 2018-02


Subpart 604, 702, 703, 704 Helicopter Operators of the Canadian Aviation Regulations 

File Classification No. : Z 5000-35
RDIMS No. : 13823542
Document No. : CASA 2018-02
Issue No. : 01
Effective Date: 2018-03-14


The purpose of this Civil Aviation Safety Alert (CASA) is to remind all operators on the correct usage of passenger seatbelts and importance of securing cargo.


During the investigation of a recent fatal helicopter accident it was discovered the passengers were not wearing the seat belts provided and unsecure cargo was carried on an external platform during flight.


Section 602.86 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) — Carry-on Baggage, Equipment and Cargo.

Section 605.25 of the CARs — General Use of Safety Belts and Restraint Systems.

Section 605.26 of the CARs — Use of Passenger Safety Belts and Restraint Systems.

Recommended Action:

In accordance with the above mentioned CAR’s, operators are reminded of the requirement and importance of securing all cargo and baggage. As well, it is the pilot’s responsibility to ensure all passengers are briefed on the proper use of seatbelts. As seen in this accident it is extremely important for these actions to be carried out.

Contact Office:

For more information concerning this issue, contact a Transport Canada Centre; or contact Rob Freeman, Commercial Flight Standards in Ottawa, by telephone at 613-990-1017, by fax at 613-990-6215 or by e-mail at

Original signed by

Jean-François Mathieu
Robert Sincennes

The transport canada civil aviation safety alert (casa) is used to convey important safety information and contains recommended action items. The casa strives to assist the aviation industry's efforts to provide a service with the highest possible degree of safety. The information contained herein is often critical and must be conveyed to the appropriate office in a timely manner. The casa may be changed or amended should new information become available.