Max Ruelokke, chairman and CEO of the CNLOPB. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
The board that regulates oil activity off Newfoundland will make several changes in response to a helicopter safety inquiry.
The probe was called after Cougar Flight 491 crashed into the sea last year, killing 17 of 18 people onboard.
Inquiry head Robert Wells made 29 recommendations last month to improve the safety of helicopter travel to offshore oil platforms.
The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board says it accepts 27 of the 29 recommendations in full.
A recommendation to continue banning night flights is accepted except for medical emergencies and will be revisited when a fully equipped search and rescue chopper is certified.
Wells recommended a safety agency independent from the board to better protect workers and the environment, but that decision is up to federal and provincial governments.
The board says that recommendation has been referred to the province and Ottawa.