Flight 491 remembered

Moira Baird
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Memorial service Friday to remember crash victims

A special memorial service for the victims of Flight 491 will be held Friday in St. John's at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist.

The ecumenical service is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., with pre-service music at 6:15 p.m. The service is open to the public.

Seventeen of the 18 people aboard Flight 491 died March 12, 2009, when their helicopter crashed off the province's east coast.

People fill the Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist a year ago for a service in memory of the 17 people killed when Cougar Flight 491 crashed offshore. Another service for the victims is set for Friday. - File photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

A special memorial service for the victims of Flight 491 will be held Friday in St. John's at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist.

The ecumenical service is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., with pre-service music at 6:15 p.m. The service is open to the public.

Seventeen of the 18 people aboard Flight 491 died March 12, 2009, when their helicopter crashed off the province's east coast.

"It's going to be a service of encouragement for the families," said Rev. Dr. Edison Wiltshire of Ezra Chaplaincy Services.

"We just want to let them know we're continuing to love them and to pray for them."

Wiltshire describes the service as a celebration of lives lived.

"We're going to remember them and honour them."

The ecumenical service is being organized by Ezra Chaplaincy and Cougar Helicopters, the company that flies offshore workers to and from the oilfields.

"As we remember those who were lost on March 12th, let us embrace and care for those left behind with broken hearts," Cougar said in a news release. "Let us all come together to remember."

Ezra Chaplaincy provides ecumenical services for the offshore oil sector.

Wiltshire said the Council of Churches and other faiths have also been invited to participate.

"We are trying to make sure that the people who want to be involved have the chance to come and show their support."

Last year's memorial service for the victims of Flight 491 drew more than 1,000 people to the Basilica, including Premier Danny Williams and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

At the request of the families, no media will be permitted inside the church during the service.

mbaird@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Ezra Chaplaincy Services, Council of Churches

Geographic location: St. John's

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