Cougar senior VP pledges companys full co-operation at inquiry
Cougar Helicopters told the Wells inquiry into offshore helicopter safety in St. John's today the company will co-operate fully with the inquiry.
Rick Burt, senior vice-president of VIH Aviation Group, the parent company of Cougar, also expressed condolences to the families of the 17 passengers and crew who died in the March 12, 2009 crash.
"The events of March 12 changed my life forever …and I, like many Newfoundlanders, have been profoundly affected by the events," he said.
"I can only imagine what the families and friends have been going through as they've been going through this struggle from the events, and I just wanted to offer my condolences and my deepest sympathies to the families."
Cougar has the contract to shuttle offshore workers to and from the oilfields off Newfoundland.
In the past 12 years, Cougar has flown more than 58,700 flight hours and made more than 275,000 passenger transfers.