Retired judge appointed to lead inquiry into helicopter crash that killed 17

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The agency that regulates Newfoundland's offshore energy industry has appointed a retired judge to lead an inquiry into a recent helicopter crash that claimed the lives of 17 people.

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board says Robert Wells retired last year from the trial division of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Wells also served as president of the Law Society of Newfoundland and president of the Canadian Bar Association.

The board has said the inquiry will focus on the issue of "worker safety" and won't include the technical reasons on why the Sikorsky S-92A crashed into the Atlantic on March 12.

The board says the inquiry's actual terms of reference will be announced in the coming weeks.
There was no indication on how long it will take before Wells submits his final report.

Organizations: Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, Supreme Court, Canadian Bar Association

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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