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Remembering Flight 491

(St. John’s, NL – March 12, 2021) Twelve years ago today, our province experienced the tragic loss of 17 people when Flight 491 crashed in the waters off Newfoundland and Labrador. Today Noia remembers those individuals, their family and friends, as well as the lone survivor of the crash.

“Flight 491 serves as a constant reminder of the challenging conditions and harsh environment the men and women working in the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore oil and gas industry face. As we honour the memory of those who were on Flight 491, safety must remain paramount for our industry. Today is undoubtedly a challenging day for their families and friends, and on behalf of our members, Noia offers our sincerest condolences and support.”

– Charlene Johnson, Noia CEO

Eastern Chaplaincy will host, on behalf of the families, friends, and co-workers of those lost, a special virtual Time of Remembrance today, Friday, March 12. The virtual Time of Remembrance is now available for viewing through Eastern Chaplaincy’s website at https://easternchaplaincy.ca/ or through the Eastern Chaplaincy YouTube. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to share in a Time of Remembrance.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industries Association (Noia) was founded in 1977 to represent the supply and service sector of the offshore oil and gas industry. Today, Noia represents approximately 460 member organizations worldwide which are involved in, or benefit from, the oil and gas industry of Newfoundland and Labrador. Noia members are a diverse representation of businesses that range from offshore supply boats and helicopters, health and safety equipment and training, engineering solutions and fabricators to law firms and human resource agencies.