- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009

ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND (AP) - Nine more bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of a downed helicopter that crashed in the freezing Atlantic off the coast of Newfoundland, police said Monday.

The Sikorsky S-92 was carrying 18 workers to oil platforms on Thursday when it reported mechanical problems and ditched into the sea about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from shore.

Remote controlled cameras have revealed that the cockpit was damaged, the fuselage cracked and the tail boom broken off, said lead investigator Mike Cunningham. One survivor and one body were recovered shortly after the crash.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Wayne Newell said nine more bodies were taken ashore on a supply vessel dispatched to the crash site.

Robert Decker remains at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s in critical condition. David Philpott, a family friend and spokesman, said his condition is improving.

“He has been able to speak briefly,” Philpott said.

Police said the ship will return to the crash site on Monday and attempt to retrieve more bodies before trying to raise the fuselage.

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