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Noia Remembers Flight 491 Tragedy

St. John’s, NL – Sunday, March 12 marks the eighth anniversary of the Flight 491 tragedy. Today, the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil & Gas Industries Association (Noia) remembers the victims of this terrible accident.

“On behalf of Noia’s membership and our Board of Directors, our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of those who lost their lives as a result of this tragedy,” said Andrew Bell, Chair of Noia’s Board of Directors. “While this terrible accident occurred eight years ago, its impact is still strongly felt by all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, especially those involved in the offshore industry.”

On March 8, 2009, Flight 491 crashed off the province’s shores while enroute to the SeaRose FPSO in the White Rose oil field and Hibernia platform in the Hibernia oilfield. Noia representatives will join members of the general public at the Eighth Annual Cougar Flight 491 Memorial Service Remembering and Living with Hope which is taking place on Sunday, March 12 at Corpus Christi Church, 260 Waterford Bridge Rd., St. John’s. There will be pre-service music at 6:30 p.m., with the memorial service beginning at 7:00 p.m.

“March 12 will forever mark a dark day in the province’s history,” added Robert Cadigan, Noia President and CEO. “This tragic event serves to remind us of the risks taken by those who make a living from the province’s harsh offshore waters as well as the strong safety culture which is now a hallmark of the industry.”