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Airbus grounds H225 helicopters. Oil industry personnel have warned about changes to maintenance and safety routines. 11 victims have been found, with two still missing, presumed dead following Friday’s accident near Bergen. “Airbus Helicopters and all of its staff are deeply affected by this tragic accident. We share the pain of the families, friends and colleagues of the victims,” the company says. They took the decision to ground all aircraft of this type following a No Fly order issued by both the Norwegian and British CAAs.

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Airbus grounds H225 helicopters

Published on Saturday, 30th April, 2016 at 14:23 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Sarah Bostock   .
Last Updated on 4th May 2016 at 15:46.

Oil industry personnel have warned about changes to maintenance and safety routines. 11 victims have been found, with two still missing, presumed dead following Friday’s accident near Bergen.

The H225 Helicopter
This is the same type that was involved in the tragedy.The H225 Helicopter
Photo: Airbus Helicopters


“Airbus Helicopters and all of its staff are deeply affected by this tragic accident. We share the pain of the families, friends and colleagues of the victims,” the company says.

They took the decision to ground all aircraft of this type following a No Fly order issued by both the Norwegian and British CAAs.

“The preliminary elements of the inquiry should become available in the coming days,” Airbus Helicopter’s statement also reads. “Under these tragic circumstances, and until these elements are available, we are allied with the decision taken to put all commercial EC225LP passenger flights on hold.

Victims from different countries

Airbus Helicopters has sent a team of experts to Norway to help investigate the crash which happened near the small island of Turøy in western Norway’s Hordaland County.

A UK team is also to assist in the inquiry, reports the BBC. 13 people were on board – 11 Norwegian, one British, and one Italian national.

Norwegian police have released preliminary details of the victims, who were between 32 and 60 years old. 12 are male, one is female.

They were contracted by Statoil but were employees in seven different oil companies. Statoil established a centre for relatives at Flesland outside western Norway’s Bergen, as well as a phone number which they could call.

Four of the victims were Halliburton staff, three worked for Aker Solutions, two were CHC Helicopter Service personnel, one was employed by Schlumberger, one worked at Statoil, one was employed by Welltec, and the remaining person was hired in by Aker Solutions from Karsten Moholt.

Critical failure

The CHC-operated H225 Super Puma helicopter (formerly-known as the Eurocopter EC225) was on its way to Flesland Airport from the Statoil-operated Gullfaks B field when the tragedy occurred. It went down at 11:54 on Friday, it is reported.

According to data from Flightradar24.com, the aircraft was flying at an altitude of about 3,250 feet (some 990 metres) and a speed of 150 knots (some 173 mph/278 km/h) at 11:51 local time.

It hit the ground at about 11.54 after it lost its main rotor. The fuselage was found at a depth of 20 to 22 feet (6-7 m) in the sea, and the rotor on land not far from the crash site. Both black boxes have been recovered from the wreckage,

“A helicopter becomes impossible to manoeuvre after losing its main rotor,” Per Gram, a helicopter expert and former pilot who flew them for 29 years told publication Bergens Tidende.

Search resumed

The CAA Norway has said that it is too early to determine the exact cause of the crash.

SAFE union leader Hilde-Marit Rysst commented to Klassekampen that several employees have informed them of procedural alterations regarding helicopters.

“We’ve received notices of concern about changes to service and safety routines from personnel for a while now," she said.

“This was feedback from helicopter personnel about altered maintenance intervals,” Ms Rysst told NRK.

Southern Norway’s JRCC (Joint Rescue Coordination Centre) ceased their search and rescue operation, Friday

TRH Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit have travelled to Bergen today to meet with Statoil CEO Eldar Sætre at the relatives’ centre at Flesland.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, herself from Bergen, has also joined them. She expressed her sympathy for, and sent her thoughts to both aggrieved relatives and Norwegian Continental Shelf at a press conference on Friday.

“Almost all of us know someone who works in the North Sea. It has been a long time since we have experienced such a serious accident. This is a heavy day,” stated the Prime Minister.




Published on Saturday, 30th April, 2016 at 14:23 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Sarah Bostock   .
Last updated on 4th May 2016 at 15:46.

This post has the following tags: h225, crash, ec225, bergen, paywall.





  
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