On March 12, 2009, a Sikorsky S-92A helicopter destined for the Hibernia Oilfield crashed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. Seventeen passengers suffered fatal injuries in the crash and the lone survivor suffered serious injuries. In response to safety recommendations from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, regulatory amendments have been proposed by Transport Canada. The proposed amendments are meant to reduce the risks associated with flights in support of offshore oil, gas or mineral exploration.
The proposed amendments contain the following new requirements:
(a) no offshore operations flights are to be conducted if the sea state reported at the destination exceeds the sea state for which the helicopter is certified to conduct a ditching in …Keep reading