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Remote control sub plucks body from chopper wreck

Postby U-5075 » Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:15 am

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009 ... ion=justin

Remote control sub plucks body from chopper wreck
By Dan Karpenchuk

Posted 10 hours 8 minutes ago
Updated 9 hours 49 minutes ago

Rescue crews in Canada have used a remote-controlled submarine to recover a body from the wreck of a helicopter off the coast of Newfoundland, but say 10 to 13 bodies remain trapped in the fuselage.

The unidentified body was found late yesterday with the help of an underwater camera and brought to the surface by a remote-controlled underwater vehicle.

Investigators had planned to raise the wreck and hoist it on to a supply ship, but now say the fuselage is much more damaged than they first believed.

The recovery of the bodies is now the main priority and authorities plan to bring the bodies up one by one using the submersible.

Investigators were able to see 10 to 13 bodies inside the fuselage using an underwater video camera.

The lead investigator says the recovery must be done carefully and if all goes well, it could take as long as 24 hours.

The only survivor of the crash, which killed 17 of the helicopter's 18 occupants, remains in hospital in critical but stable condition.



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http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009 ... 516515.htm

Canadian chopper wreckage located at sea
Posted Sun Mar 15, 2009 9:23am AEDT

The wreckage of the helicopter that crashed into the Atlantic off Canada's eastern coast killing 17 of its 18 passengers has been found, a Canadian investigator said this morning.

"It looks like the fuselage is relatively intact. It's laying on the bottom on its side. The tail boom of the helicopter is broken off, but it's laying right beside the rest the fuselage," lead investigator Mike Cunningham told public television channel CBC.

The investigative team would next lift the Sikorsy S-92 to the surface, he added, saying he was "hopeful that we'll be able to do that in the next day to two days".

The wreckage was laying 120 to 150 meters below the surface, Charles Laurence, another Canadian Transportation Safety Board investigator, told reporters at Saint John's, Newfoundland.

The charter helicopter was ferrying workers from Saint John's to the Hibernia offshore oil platform - the world's largest oil rig - when it crashed early Thursday some 55 kilometers east of the city after radioing for help due to mechanical problems.
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