Episode 101: Cougar Helicopter Flight 91

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It was called the “safest helicopter in the world.” But on March 12, 2009, a Sikorsky S92 helicopter operating as Couger 91 faced every sea pilot’s worst nightmare while flying over the North Atlantic Ocean: oil pressure problems. Join Shelly in this episode of Take to the Sky: The Air Disaster Podcast for an unforgettable story of an over-water flight gone terribly wrong and the lasting safety changes that helped make an entire industry – and its passengers – safer.

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Tell us who you your favorite 'national treasure' is - someone who seems to stay grounded despite being so successful or famous. Don't forget to share your Flying High moments with us! Watch Facebook on Friday for our weekly call for good news- we love to celebrate your big and small moments with you!


Written and produced by: Shelly Price and Stephanie Hubka
Directed and engineered at: Snow Monster Studios
Sound editor: Podcast Engineers
Producer: Adam Hubka
Music by: Mike Dunn
Cougar Helicopter Flight 91

Photo of C-GZCH (occurrence aircraft). Source: Mark Stares 2008

Cougar Helicopter Flight 91

Reconstruction of Flight 91 wreckage by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Cougar Helicopter Flight 91

Sole survivor of Cougar 91 crash, Robert Decker, photo courtesy of The Toronto Star.