(St. John’s, NL – March 10, 2023) Sunday, March 12 marks 14 years since Flight 491 crashed in the waters off Newfoundland and Labrador, resulting in the loss of 17 of the 18 people on board. On this solemn anniversary, Energy NL remembers these individuals, the survivor, as well as the family and friends who lost a loved one on that day.
“Flight 491 resonates with the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador, and it has had a lasting impact on our province and offshore industry. The tragedy serves as a constant reminder of the challenges faced by those working in Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore. Today, as we remember the 17 people lost, let us renew our commitment to safety and training for the offshore industry. On behalf of Energy NL, I offer sincerest condolences and support to all those who lost a family member, friend, or loved one on that tragic day.”
– Charlene Johnson, Energy NL CEO
On Sunday, March 12, 2023, Eastern Chaplaincy will host, on behalf of the families, friends, and co-workers of those lost, a special 14th Annual Memorial Service for Cougar Flight 491. The Memorial Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. NST at Elim Pentecostal Tabernacle, 565 Kenmount Road, St. John’s, NL. A livestream of the service will be available here.
On March 12, Energy NL asks everyone to remember those who lost their lives on that tragic day in 2009.
Energy NL represents approximately 500 member organizations worldwide which are involved in the energy sector. Members are active in all areas of the supply and service sector and include a diverse representation of businesses that range from offshore supply vessels and helicopters, carbon reduction and sustainable technologies, health and safety equipment and training, engineering solutions and fabricators to law firms and human resource agencies.