1 Dead, 16 Missing in Canadian Helicopter Crash

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2009 2:58 PM CDT
Search and rescue officials and the helo company's manager speak at a news conference regarding Cougar Helicopter flight 911.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A helicopter ferrying workers to oil rigs off Canada’s Atlantic coast crashed into the ocean today, killing at least one, the Telegram of St. John’s, Newfoundland, reports. One passenger has been rescued, but 16 more remain lost. The chopper reported engine trouble prior to ditching about 40 miles offshore. “The helicopter is not on the surface of the water any more, and the search effort is going on,” an official said.