Chopper back in service after turnaround

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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A Sikorsky S-92A helicopter. — Telegram file photo

A helicopter flight headed from St. John’s to the province’s offshore oilfields was turned around mid-flight Monday due to a power fluctuation.

The aircraft has since been checked out and cleared to return to service, according to a spokeswoman for operator Cougar Helicopters.

According to the rep, the helicopter “experienced a momentary fluctuation in power on engine No. 2, resulting in a decision by the flight crew to return to base.”

The aircraft, with 12 people on board, landed back in St. John’s at 3:25 p.m. Monday.

It was approximately 35 kilometres from the city at the time of the turnaround.

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  • Karen
    August 08, 2012 - 08:07

    I think a couple of yachts would be more dangerous. The waters on the Grand Banks is can get exceptionally rough at times. There are days it would scare you looking at the supply boats out there, not alone a yacht. and those boat are built for rough water.

  • Ron Tizzard
    August 08, 2012 - 07:17

    I agree with Williams' sentiments, and go one step further i.e. that the oil-magnets purchase a couple of 'yacht - like' vessels to transport these workers going to and from these rigs...why all the flight risks. so, it will take a bit longer (maybe not, I don't know. I'd lie to hear a few remaks from the rig-workers on the topic. If the copters run into trouble...they just faill from the we know! A ferry service (so to speak) will give the workers a greater sense of security. I'd like to hear some feedback from some rig-workers on the ferry vs. copter question!

  • William Daniels
    August 08, 2012 - 06:38

    Chopper in trouble again. Fires happening offshore. When are we going to get the independent regulator before another disaster?