Robert Decker: Sole survivor of 2009 Cougar helicopter crash

Robert Decker was on his way to work on the Hibernia offshore oil platform on March 12, 2009. He never made it. His helicopter crashed in the Atlantic, killing 17 of it passengers. Robert Decker was the sole survivor. He shares his story and search for accountability.

We requested interviews with Transport Canada and Transport Minister Denis Lebel. They declined. Transport Canada provided a statement, which reads in part:

We will continue to work with our international partners and industry to ensure a harmonized approach addresses the TSB recommendation on the gearbox, so that helicopters will be required to be able to fly safely for at least 30 minutes. [...] Transport Canada has begun a comprehensive review of other offshore helicopter operations and the existing Canadian regulatory framework to determine if other specific regulations governing offshore operations are required.