Newfoundland chopper nearly hit water: report
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The Transportation Safety Board says a helicopter that left a Newfoundland offshore oil platform came within seconds of striking the water two years ago.
The board released its report today into an incident where a Sikorsky S-92A chopper carrying five passengers and two crew members inadvertently descended while it was on its way to St. John's.
The report says the investigation found numerous operational, procedural and training issues that contributed to the July 23, 2011, incident.
It says Cougar Helicopters, which operated the chopper, has since improved training.
No one was injured in the incident.
The helicopter is the same model that crashed off Newfoundland in March 2009 when its main gearbox failed, killing 17 people.