Lawyer told to hold questions for next round of N.L. chopper crash inquiry
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. (CP) — The commissioner heading an inquiry into the fatal crash of a Cougar helicopter off Newfoundland has ruled that counsel representing offshore workers must wait to pose certain questions to company executives.
Robert Wells says lawyer Randell Earle cannot ask company officials what they knew about the run-dry capabilities of the Sikorsky S-92A prior to the March 12 helicopter crash that killed 17 people.
Wells says that is a topic for the next phase of the inquiry — after the Transportation Safety Board issues its investigation report.
Once that is in hand he says all parties will get a chance to raise questions and submit them to the inquiry.
Norm Whalen, told the inquiry that company officials have already been interviewed on that same topic by the TSB investigators.
Wells said that is part of the mandate as it probes for the cause of the crash and the inquiry will not deal with it until after that agency issues its report.