Incident Disclosure 2011

Cougar Flight 851 Departure from Normal Flight Regime (Update)

August 11, 2011

The C-NLOPB has received an update from Husky Energy on the July 23 incident involving Cougar Flight 851 as it departed the SeaRose with five passengers and two crew on board. During the incident the helicopter departed its normal flight regime. However, the crew was able to stabilize the aircraft into a hover, complete equipment checks, and then continue to St. John’s without further incident. The helicopter was then taken out of service, inspected, verified to be airworthy and returned to service the following day.

Husky has informed the C-NLOPB that Cougar Helicopters’ investigation into the incident is on-going and Cougar has taken remedial action to prevent a similar incident from occurring in the future. The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has also initiated an investigation into the incident.

The C-NLOPB’s role is to review plans and actions that Operators and their contractors, in this case Cougar Helicopters, take in response to incidents. We apply additional oversight in the event of serious incidents such as this one, and we have already established high level communications with the TSB so that we can receive early notification of any of their investigation findings. The C-NLOPB will follow up with the Operator and Cougar Helicopters to ensure lessons learned are implemented and preventative measures are put into place.

C-NLOPB Contact:
Sean Kelly M.A., APR, FCPRS
(709) 778-1418
(709) 689-0713 (cell)
skelly@cnlopb.nl.ca

Husky Contact:
Margaret Allan
(709) 724-3981
margaret.allan@huskyenergy.com

Cougar Helicopters Contact:
Candace Moakler
(709) 758-4041
cmoakler@cougar.ca

Transportation Safety Board Media Relations:
(819) 994-8053


Incident Disclosures 2011

DateUpdate
December 16, 2011Contact Between the Maersk Detector and GSF Grand Banks
November 25, 2011Contact Between the Maersk Detector and GSF Grand Banks
November 22, 2011Hydraulic leak identified on Cougar helicopter – Update
November 21, 2011Hydraulic leak identified on Cougar helicopter
November 21, 2011Choke and Kill Lines Impairment – GSF Grand Banks
October 13, 2011C-NLOPB Responding to SBM Spill from GSF Grand Banks
October 6, 2011Grand Banks Operators Managing Satellite Communications Problem
September 20, 2011C-NLOPB Responding to SBM Spill by Husky Energy
August 30, 2011Scheduled Flight Turnaround
August 26, 2011SeaRose Power Outage
August 26, 2011Hibernia Lifeboat Impairment (Update)
August 25, 2011Hibernia Lifeboat Impairment
August 11, 2011Cougar Flight 851 Departure from Normal Flight Regime (Update)
July 23, 2011Cougar Flight 851 Departure from Normal Flight Regime
July 17, 2011Scheduled Flight Turnaround Incident
June 6, 2011Lifting system failure on GSF Grand Banks
April 27, 2011Small Fire in the Electrical Switch Room on the Henry Goodrich
April 14, 2011Scheduled Flight Turnaround Incident April 14, 2011
April 11, 2011Loss of Containment on the GSF Grand Banks
April 1, 2011Minor Incident with Flight 521 April 1, 2011
March 28, 2011C-NLOPB responding to SBM Spill from the Henry Goodrich