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No safety issues found after indicator light activates

A Cougar helicopter prepares to land.

A Cougar helicopter destined for the Terra Nova floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel was forced to turn around and make its way back to St. John's because of an indicator light.

Cougar Flight 821 returned Saturday morning as a precaution after an indicator light connected to the helicopter's auto-pilot system became active, according to the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB).

It returned to St. John's at 11:30 a.m. with eight passengers and two crew members on board. The C-NLOPB said no safety issue was present, adding that the helicopter is serviceable following the completion of troubleshooting efforts.

Organizations: Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, C-NLOPB

Geographic location: St. John's, Terra Nova

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Recent comments

  • Mary
    January 27, 2013 - 09:17

    We are still facing scary issues / concerns with these choppers! I pray all workers will be kept safe from any more tragedies!

  • Dude
    January 27, 2013 - 08:54

    Any word on the independent regulator?

  • Steve
    January 27, 2013 - 04:27

    This is routine a maintenance problem that occurs on a daily basis worldwide and industry wide, this is hardly news worthy. What's next? Report every vehicle that has oil light or windshield wash light activate?

  • max
    January 26, 2013 - 19:30

    I can understand why Staff are nervous about the resumption of Night flights