- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND (AP) - Canadian police have recovered all 17 bodies from the wreckage of a downed helicopter that crashed in the freezing Atlantic off the coast of Newfoundland, officials said Tuesday.

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.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said early Tuesday that the final seven bodies had been recovered. Nine were recovered on Monday.

The lone survivor, Robert Decker, remained at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s in critical condition. David Philpott, a family friend and spokesman, said his condition was improving.

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