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Second offshore safety report to be released today

August 15, 2011  By The Canadian Press

Aug. 15, 2011, St. John's - The second phase report from an inquiry into offshore helicopter safety is expected to be released today in St. John's, N.L.

The inquiry was called after Cougar Flight 491 crashed into the North Atlantic on March 12, 2009, killing 17 of 18 people on board.

Commissioner Robert Wells released his first report last November.

In it, he made 29 recommendations to improve the safety of helicopter travel to offshore oil platforms.

The second phase of the probe will focus on parts of a Transportation Safety Board report that deal with matters within the mandate of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board.


The safety board report, released in February, made a number of recommendations, including grounding flights over seas that are too
rough for a survivable emergency landing.


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