Call Comes In The Wake Of Cougar Flight 491 Accident
A lawyer representing the families of some of those fatally
injured when a helicopter went down off the Canadian coast in 2009
says the government should establish a separate safety agency
specifically to deal with that segment of air traffic.
A Sikorsky S-92 transporting workers to an offshore oil rig in
the North Atlantic off the Newfoundland coast went down in March,
2009, killing 17 of the 18 people on board. Canadian Television
reports that attorney Jamie Martin made the comments during an
inquiry into offshore helicopter safety.
But the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says
regulatory changes are not needed.
Sikorsky S-92 File Photo
The Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry was established on April
8, 2009, by the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum
Board (C-NLOPB) as the Inquiry into Matters Respecting Helicopter
Passenger Safety for Workers in the Newfoundland and Labrador
Offshore Area. According to the inquiry website, the mandate of the
Offshore Helicopter Inquiry does not include an investigation into
the cause of the crash of the Cougar Helicopter Sikorsky S92-A, as
the investigation is the responsibility of the Transportation
Safety Board of Canada. In addition, the Commission’s mandate
does not include an examination of the provision by the Government
of Canada (Department of National Defence) of Search and Rescue
facilities for all marine incidents and the location of such
facilities within the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
A report from the inquiry into helicopter safety is expected by
the end of October.