Offshore helicopter tragedy claims 17 lives
( 17/ 03/ 09)
On the morning of March 12, a Cougar helicopter ferrying offshore oil workers to the White Rose and Hibernia oil fields experienced technical difficulties and crashed into the sea.
Robert Decker of St. John's was the only person to survive the accident that has been described as the province's worst marine tragedy since the 1982 Ocean Ranger disaster.
Search and rescue operations officially ended 7: 30 p. m. Friday, March 13, after covering 1,200 square nautical miles of ocean.
A Cougar helicopter similar to the Sikorsky S-92 which ditched in the Atlantic off Newfoundland last week returns to home base. The ill-fated chopper was ferrying offshore oil workers to the White Rose and Hibernia oil fields when the accident occurred Thursday morning, March 12. Photographer Dennis Flynn, who snapped this photo before last week's tragedy said, from now on any time he sees a helicopter flying, he will "never look at it in the same light again."