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North Sea Helicopter Crash. A closer look at the Super Puma L2. Wednesday’s fatal crash that killed all 16 on board was the first accident to have affected this type in the North Sea, according to the makers, Eurocopter. The last incident occurred in February this year, and involved an newer model than this one. All 18 survived. 20 years in the air How safe is the helicopter, then? The actual helicopter that crashed was delivered to Bond Offshore in 2004, and had over 7,000 time-in-service hours. The L2 came in to service in 1988.Other incidents

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North Sea Helicopter Crash

Published on Thursday, 2nd April, 2009 at 23:18 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 3rd April 2009 at 09:45.

A closer look at the Super Puma L2.

Super Puma Helicopter
Super Puma Helicopter
Photo: United States Navy


Wednesday’s fatal crash that killed all 16 on board was the first accident to have affected this type in the North Sea, according to the makers, Eurocopter. The last incident occurred in February this year, and involved an newer model than this one. All 18 survived.

20 years in the air

How safe is the helicopter, then? The actual helicopter that crashed was delivered to Bond Offshore in 2004, and had over 7,000 time-in-service hours. The L2 came in to service in 1988.

Other incidents

Apart from February’s incident, the results of which are not known at present, a report from the UK Accident Investigation Board describes an incident that occurred on 22 February 2003, 1 Nautical Mile north of the Miller Platform in the North Sea.

“Whilst engaged on a winching demonstration next to a North Sea platform in the hover the helicopter's main rotor gearbox chip warning light illuminated. An immediate landing was made on the platform. Subsequent inspection revealed metal particles on the chip detector, and that the oil cooler drive shaft had fractured”, it says.

And since 06 March 1997 there have been a total of 20 other incidents, some of them weather-related, according to helicoptersafety.org.

Successful

But in the course of the Super Puma’s history, there have been few accidents.

“The type has proved immensely successful, chosen by 37 military forces around the world, and some 1,000 civil operators. The Super Puma has proved especially well-suited to the North Sea oil industry, where it is used to ferry personnel and equipment to and from oil platforms” according to Wikipedia.

Other configuration details

The L2 can carry up to 19 passengers and two pilots comfortably, and has two jet turbine engines that power the 4-bladed main rotor. The maximum range is 529 Nautical Miles, with and average cruising-speed of 141 knots.

Wednesday’s accident is an ongoing investigation, and it is too early to say anything until the helicopter has been recovered from the water, according to Eurocopter. Two people from the company are already in place in the UK and the Vice President of safety is currently travelling there.

As the company is awaiting further information, they would not make any further comment.




Published on Thursday, 2nd April, 2009 at 23:18 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 3rd April 2009 at 09:45.

This post has the following tags: super, puma, l2, crash, north, sea.





  
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