Remembering Cougar Flight 491

Remembering Cougar Flight 491

The people of the province were going about their regular matters on the morning of March 12, 2009, when they heard the news that the morning was going to be anything but routine. A helicopter had crashed into the ocean with 18 people aboard.

In the years since, The Telegram has followed the reaction of the people and families that were affected, and the corporate and political response.

Flowers are being left this morning on the fence surrounding Cougar Helicopters headquarters at St. John's International Airport, in memory of the victims of Flight 491 who died when a helicopter ditched offshore on March 12, 2009. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Service marks five years since Flight 491

March 13, 2014 - 4 h 33

It’s difficult to measure the weight of those five years. As Danny Breen, brother of Cougar 491 victim Peter Breen, told The Telegram earlier this week, “In some ways it’s hard to believe it’s...

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Service marks five years since Flight 491

Five years after Flight 491

March 12, 2014 - 4 h 34

The crash would have only one survivor.

Since then it has been an often-told story. The occurrences of that morning have been repeated by journalists, lawyers, safety experts and, most importantly,...

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Five years after Flight 491

CNLOPB details response to helicopter crashes

March 11, 2014 - 10 h 52

The information comes the day before the anniversary of the crash of Cougar Helicopters Flight 491. The helicopter went down on March 12, 2009 killing 17 of the 18 people on board.

The statement...

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On our radar

March 10, 2014 - 4 h 30

The crash of Cougar Helicopters Flight 491, a Sikorsky S-92A aircraft, prompted a series of reviews of standards and safety protocols, including a formal inquiry into offshore helicopter safety created...

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On our radar

Robert Wells pleased with response on helicopter safety

December 06, 2013 - 4 h 30

Wells was in Ottawa Wednesday to testify before the House of Commons standing committee on natural resources and was asked about his recommendation for an independent safety regulator for the offshore...

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Feds propose new offshore helicopter safety regulations

November 16, 2013 - 13 h 19

In a news release, government said it would prohibit flights when weather or water conditions make ditching in water an unsafe choice. The proposed regulations would also require operators to have underwater...

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Offshore helicopter memorial plans revealed

October 30, 2013 - 14 h 00

He never made it to his door.

The helicopter bringing him back to land from the Bowdrill rig crashed.

“There were six lives lost that night, a night that changed so many lives, a night...

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Offshore helicopter memorial plans revealed

Cool response from some to extending offshore flying day

October 31, 2013 - 4 h 30

“It’s still a concern,” Chynn said, when asked Wednesday about offshore helicopter transports.

Chynn was at Quidi Vidi Lake in St. John’s for the unveiling of a new memorial marking...

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MP questions merit of new offshore safety regulations

November 20, 2013 - 4 h 31

“Four years after a helicopter crashed off the coast of Newfoundland killing 17 people, Conservatives are still refusing to take action to better protect offshore oil workers,” said the NDP member...

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MP questions merit of new offshore safety regulations