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Canadian military will testify at N.L. inquiry

Dec. 2, 2009 – The Canadian military will testify at an inquiry into offshore helicopter safety that was called after a fatal chopper crash off Newfoundland.


December 2, 2009
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Dec. 2, 2009 – The Canadian military will testify at an inquiry into offshore helicopter safety that was called after a fatal chopper crash off Newfoundland.

Maj. Jason Proulx, a spokesman for the Department of National Defence, says the military received a letter from the inquiry requesting it send someone to testify.

Proulx says the department will send someone but is still determining who that would be.

Repeated calls for Ottawa to station a 24-hour military search and rescue helicopter in St. John's have escalated since Cougar Flight 491 crashed in March, killing 17 people.

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There is currently such a base in Gander in central Newfoundland, which military and federal government officials have said is best positioned to provide search and rescue services.

The inquiry resume hearings Jan. 11.


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