Aviation news release 2009

TSB # A02/2009

Update: Transportation Safety Board of Canada Investigation into Cougar Helicopter Sikorsky S92-A Crash

(Gatineau, Quebec, March 24, 2009) - Following the Transportation Safety Board of Canada's (TSB) March 20th discovery of a broken main gearbox filter bowl assembly mounting stud on the Cougar Helicopters Sikorsky S92 A, more than half of the Sikorsky S92 A helicopters worldwide have had the defective studs replaced. The remaining studs are expected to be replaced in a timely fashion.

More information about the stud replacements and factual information about the March 12th accident will be made available at a final press conference on Thursday, March 26th. At this time, media will have an opportunity to photograph some of the wreckage from a specified distance.

Event Details

When:

1 p.m. Newfoundland and Labrador time, Thursday, March 26, 2009

12 p.m. Media have access to hangar to set up their equipment.
1 p.m. Photo op begins.
1:15 p.m. Press conference begins with presentation.
1:25 p.m. Questions and answers period begins.

Where:

Provincial Government Hangar (Hangar #3)
Torbay side of the Airport
St. John's, Newfoundland

Who:

Mr. Mike Cunningham, Investigator-in-Charge
Mr. Allan Chaulk, Technical Team Lead
Mr. Charles Laurence, Operations Team Lead

*Important Note:

Still photos of the recovery process are also now available on the TSB website at www.bst-tsb.gc.ca. Should you require a copy please contact TSB Communications at communications@bst-tsb.gc.ca. Media who are not able to attend the press conference but wish to have an interview can schedule one immediately following the press conference by contacting TSB Media Relations at the coordinates below. The same information that was provided at the press conference will be communicated.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

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For further information, please contact:

Media Relations
Media Relations
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Telephone: 819-994-8053



To read the previous communiqu� about this investigation, please click here.



The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

For more information, contact:
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Media Relations
Telephone: 819-994-8053
Email: media@tsb.gc.ca