10 years later, Canada remembers those killed in Flight 491 crash

Canada’s Newfoundland province is today remembering those killed in the Cougar helicopter crash offshore Canada ten years ago.

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On March 12, 2009, Cougar helicopter Flight 491 was flying to the White Rose and the Hibernia fields when it crashed offshore 55 kilometers (34 mi) east-southeast of St. John’s, Newfoundland.  Of the 18 passengers on board the helicopter, 17 died.

Remembering the tragic event, Charlene Johnson, CEO of NOIA, the country’s largest oil and gas association, said: “Flight 491 has had a profound effect upon our province and offshore industry. The memory of those who lost their lives that day remains strong and today we honor them and offer our support to their loved ones”

Husky Energy, the operator of the White Rose field, said:”Today marks 10 years since we lost Cougar Flight 491 and 17 of the people onboard. March 12, 2009 and the days that followed forever changed the families of those lost and all of us at Husky. We will always remember them”

The Annual Flight 491 Memorial Service will take place today (Tuesday, March 12) at 7:00 p.m. at the Elim Pentecostal Tabernacle, Kenmount Road, St. John’s.

 

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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