Helicopter memorial sculpture nearing completion

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Unveiling at Quidi Vidi Lake expected in early fall

A memorial focused on offshore safety and the remembrance of 23 people killed in two helicopter tragedies in Newfoundland and Labrador is nearing completion.

“We are on schedule with this, and the details (on installation and unveiling) will be forthcoming within the next few weeks,” stated a spokeswoman for the provincial government, in response to questions.

“The site is being prepared by the lake, and the artist is well on his way with the actual sculpture.”

As reported, the memorial’s location, at Quidi Vidi Lake in St. John’s, and its design, were selected after consultations with relatives of the deceased.

The events that claimed the lives of their loved ones were the March 13, 1985 crash of a Universal Helicopters flight in Placentia Bay, and the crash of Cougar Helicopters Flight 491 on March 12, 2009, when 17 lives were lost.

In the 2011 provincial budget, $400,000 was earmarked for the memorial and the City of St. John’s subsequently donated the desired land.

The design for the monument was developed by Luben Boykov and Frederick Hann. It includes a stainless steel, spiralling sculpture, inspired by the prototype of the first rotary-type flying machine. Names of the deceased are being cut into the stainless steel.

The project, according to the province, remains scheduled for completion in “late summer/early fall.”

 

afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Universal Helicopters, Cougar Helicopters Flight 491

Geographic location: Quidi Vidi Lake, Placentia Bay

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  • Linda Hennessey
    August 27, 2014 - 14:37

    I can't wait to visit this sacred ground to remember my cousin Wade Drake who lost his life on board the Cougar flight 491.