Five years ago today, Cougar Flight 491 crashed into the North Atlantic near St. John's, breaking the collective heart of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. Seventeen people died and only one survived. Since then, the crash, the victims and the questions raised in the aftermath have never been too far from our memory.
Hear Robert Wells in conversation with the CBC's Chris O'Neill-Yates.
Robert Wells, the man who helmed the Offshore Helicopter Safety Inquiry, says some things have changed for the better, including:
Wells says the biggest recommendation not implemented is the 30-minute run dry - the length of time a helicopter can run when it has a catastrophic loss of oil. "Thirty-minute run dry is in the hands of the FAA and Sikorsky. [We] still don't have that and I don't know where that's going or where that is. Very little has been said," Wells says.
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