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NTSB TO ASSIST WITH INVESTIGATION OF HELICOPTER CRASH OFF NEWFOUNDLAND COAST

March 12, 2009

The National Transportation Safety Board is assisting with the investigation of the crash of a helicopter in the North Atlantic today. 

At 8:25 AM EDT, a Sikorsky S-92A heavy-lift helicopter, (Canadian registry C-GZCH), operated by Cougar Helicopters, ditched in the North Atlantic about 31 miles east of St. John's, Newfoundland. The accident investigation is being conducted by the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada.

NTSB Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker has designated senior air safety investigator Jim Silliman as the U.S. Accredited Representative.  The U.S. team will also include technical advisors from the Federal Aviation Administration, Sikorsky and General Electric.

Information on the progress of the investigation will be released by the TSB (800-387-3557).

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NTSB Media Contact:
Peter Knudson
(202)314-6100
peter.knudson@ntsb.gov

 

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of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.