St. John's, NF (off shore) Helicopter Crash, Mar 2009


St. John's, Newfoundland - A Cougar helicopter offshore shuttle with 18 people onboard has gone down in the Atlantic Ocean about 90 nautical miles southeast of St. John's. A Provincial Airlines plane circling overhead reports seeing a life raft and two people in the water. The helicopter cannot be seen, nor can they see if anyone is in the life raft. Four helicopters and two vessels are just about on the scene. The Coast Guard vessel Cape Roger is 90 minutes away and a supply ship will be on the scene at 11:30 a.m. The mayday came in at 9:18 a.m. Police officers have arrived at Cougar Helicopters base at St. John's International Airport to keep members of the media at bay. The winds at the crash scene are said to be high with seas two-to-three metres and the visibility is 10 nautical miles.

Recovery crews have retrieved sixteen bodies from the deep-sea wreckage of a helicopter that crashed off the coast of Newfoundland Thursday, March 12, 2009, killing 17 people. The bodies were brought back to port in St. John's on the Atlantic Osprey, an offshore supply vessel that had been helping with the recovery effort. A total of 17 bodies have now been recovered from the Atlantic Ocean, including that of oilfield worker ALLISON MAHER, 26, whose body was recovered shortly after Thursday's crash. The crash killed 17 of the 18 people on board the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter, which had been heading to two offshore oil platforms when it crashed Thursday morning after reporting mechanical problems.
The sole survivor, ROBERT DECKER, remains in critical but stable condition in hospital in St. John's. Tributes are attached to the fencing outside Cougar Helicopters at the airport in St. John's. Search crews on Saturday found the fuselage of the Sikorsky
S-92 and decided to make recovery of the bodies a top priority, partly because of damage to the aircraft.
To raise the aircraft, the Transportation Safety Board will use a crane capable of carrying 50 tons. The helicopter is estimated
to weigh about 10 tons. Nonetheless
the work of bringing it to the surface will require careful engineering and execution, and it's expected to take all week to finish the task.
The names of the identified victims:
THOMAS ANYLL, 46, of Langley, B.C.
PETER BREEN, 55, of St. John's.
GARY CORBETT, 46, of Conception Bay South, N.L.
WADE DRAKE, 42, of Fortune, N.L.
WADE DUGGAN, 32, of Witless Bay, N.L.
COREY EDDY, 32, of Paradise, N.L.
KEITH ESCOTT, 39, of St. John's.
COLIN HENLEY, 38, of St. John's.
First Officer TIM LANOUETTE, 48, of Comox, B.C.
KEN MacRAE, 47, of Greenwood, N.S.
ALLISON MAHER, 26, of Mount Pearl, N.L.
GREGORY MORRIS, 40, of Outer Cove, N.L.
DERRICK MULLOWNEY, 51, of Bay Bulls, N.L.
BURCH NASH, 44, of Fortune, N.L.
PAUL PIKE, 49, of Spaniard's Bay, N.L.

Chebucto Article 2009-03-12