Union Calls For Safer Choppers

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Feb 192010

Unanswered concerns about Ill-fitting survival suits, a lack of underwater breathing gear and worries about helicopter incidents have been attacked by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union in Canada. Brian Murphy, a local vice-president of the union, which represents about 700 offshore workers, made the call at an enquiry into the March, 2008 crash of a Cougar helicopter 60 kilometres east of St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Only one of the 18 people aboard the helicopter survived the crash, Robert Decker, who gave evidence to the enquiry. he believes that a large tank situated on the left side of the cabin between double seats and the windows would have complicated any escape.

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