Cougar helicopter in Greenland hitches boat ride ashore

Moira Baird
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An S-92 operated by Cougar Helicopters in Greenland is lowered to the deck of a supply ship following a problem last week with an over-inflated cell in its fuel tank.

An S-92 helicopter operated by Cougar Helicopters in Greenland was pulled from service last week following a problem with an over-inflated fuel cell.

It occurred as the S-92 was being refuelled on the deck of the rig Stena Don, which is drilling exploration wells off the coast of Greenland for Cairn Energy.

Hank Williams, Cougar’s East Coast general manager, said the fuel tank did not rupture.

“There was no fuel leak.”

Williams said refuelling takes place once passengers have disembarked from the helicopter.

The helicopter hitched a ride back to shore on a supply boat. 

“We could have flown it off the deck, but you don’t do that until you’ve had an inspection of the fuselage,” said Williams.

“The inspection is complete and the aircraft is having the new sponson put on, and hopefully returns to service by Wednesday.”

Fuel cells are located in the sponsons on either side of the S-92.

As a precaution, Cougar sent the old sponson back to Sikorsky for analysis.

Cougar has three S-92 helicopters in Greenland, supporting offshore oil and gas exploration.

The company’s contract with Cairn to transport workers offshore and to provide search and rescue services wraps up at the end of October.

Geographic location: Greenland, East Coast

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Recent comments

  • Billy Maguire
    September 15, 2010 - 13:07

    it's like Lyndon Johnston used to say about the US media: "If I walked on water today, tomotrrow's headlines would read PRESIDENT CAN'T SWIM".

  • billiibob
    September 14, 2010 - 21:58

    your comment turns my stomach! if you overfill your tire and it ruptures do you drive it or change the tire....same thing.....if someone fillis a tank with fuel using pressure and they use to much pressure it pops. its not like they flew it out there broken. what exactly is you issue???? i ageree with big r

  • Lisa
    September 14, 2010 - 11:57

    It is very sad to see the comments made by Hank Williams on this situation. It seems they still aren't taking things seriously. Are we supposed to be impressed in the fact that they didn't fly the aircraft back? "We could have flown it off the deck, but you don’t do that until you’ve had an inspection of the fuselage,” said Williams. Wow how impressive Mr Hank that you actually thought that this aircraft "might" not have been safe enough so you decided to do what is protocol. Turns my stomach !

  • Big Red
    September 14, 2010 - 09:56

    Is this really newsworthy? Article should read "Rig refueling system damages helicopter", but I guess that won't sell newspapers.

  • Jerry
    September 14, 2010 - 09:51

    I still wouldn't get on that anchor with a rotor even if it were sitting on the boat the whole time.