UPDATE: Cougar inspecting helicopter at offshore platform

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Aircraft that brought engineer out has returned to St. John’s with passengers

Cougar Helicopter — Telegram File Photo

A technician with Cougar helicopters is in the process of inspecting one of the company’s helicopters, on board the Terra Nova FPSO, as of about 4:30 p.m.

The Cougar helicopter has been grounded on the Terra Nova FPSO, awaiting inspection, due to an indicator light aboard the aircraft being lit.

The helicopter successfully landed on the production vessel during its latest trip. However, while on approach, the indicator light — an “input module chip light” — became activated. 

“On deck the crew discussed the matter with Cougar's maintenance control centre,” an incident bulletin from the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board stated.

“It was decided to shut the aircraft down and complete a restart. After restarting the light was still illuminated.”

Responding to questions, a spokeswoman for Cougar confirmed a company technician was brought to the oil platform by a second helicopter this afternoon and “the helicopter that transported Cougar’s engineer out has already returned to St. John’s with the passengers.”

The Terra Nova vessel was the only destination for the helicopter now being inspected.

Turn-arounds and machinery checks due to indicator lights have been regularly reported by the company. An incident in April 2011 involved the re-start of a helicopter at the Terra Nova FPSO. 

That flight, while raising some concern among workers, returned without incident following a diagnostic check.

The Telegram will have more in tomorrow’s edition.


Organizations: Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, Terra Nova FPSO

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Recent comments

  • Janet Breen
    March 22, 2012 - 16:31

    What is going on and when is someone going to do something about these choppers!!!

  • lottee
    March 22, 2012 - 12:31

    What scares me......The fact that the light came on and the idea of a restart ??? So if the light went out after the restart....its business as usual? Holy Crap! The light woulda come on for a reason.... Guessing the Cougar folks still got a tonne of lessons to learn....

  • William Daniels
    March 21, 2012 - 19:31

    The fact that that chopper is still allowed to be used is amazing. The government has done nothing but give lip service to the independent regulator.

  • Joe McGrath
    March 21, 2012 - 12:30

    Cougar helicopter is really being watched.I sure hope other forms of transportation in NL is getting the same watching?????

    • Ciaran O'Keeffe
      March 21, 2012 - 14:29

      ... and in other news, the check engine light came on in my car this morning.

    • ProudNL
      March 21, 2012 - 16:40

      OK your check engine light came on this morning however you could get out and walk or call someone to come, thats not easy to do 7000 feet over water.