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The Foreigner Super Puma tragedy: preliminary conclusions released. UPDATED: Friday’s helicopter accident was due to technical failure and not human error, Accident Board officials say. “As most of you know, the [main] rotor came away from the helicopter before the aircraft landed in the sea,” Kåre Halvorsen, director for the NAIB told reporters at a press conference, Tuesday. “The facts and visual inspections tell us that technical, rather than human error factors caused the accident.”

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Super Puma tragedy: preliminary conclusions released

Published on Tuesday, 3rd May, 2016 at 15:35 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 4th May 2016 at 15:46.

UPDATED: Friday’s helicopter accident was due to technical failure and not human error, Accident Board officials say.



“As most of you know, the [main] rotor came away from the helicopter before the aircraft landed in the sea,” Kåre Halvorsen, director for the NAIB told reporters at a press conference, Tuesday.

“The facts and visual inspections tell us that technical, rather than human error factors caused the accident.”

Thirteen people died in the crash, which led to H225 manufacturer Airbus Helicopters grounding all commercial flights following a Norwegian and British CAA-issued No Fly order.

A senior member of staff at CHC Helicopter Service, the company that operated the aircraft, has told the Aberdeen Press and Journal-run website Energy Voice that no distress signals were transmitted before the crash.

Moreover, both pilots were “very experienced,” Duncan Trapp, the company’s Vice-President for safety and quality said.

CHC Helicopter media spokesperson Louise Nicolson tells The Foreigner, Tuesday, they are “devastated by this tragic event.”

All our thoughts and prayers are with the relatives and employees and friends of those who lost their lives on Friday.  We are grateful for the work of the Accident Investigation Board Norway and hope their initial update provides some comfort to the families.”

Norwegian police released the names of the thirteen people – 11 passengers and two of CHC’s aircrew – who perished in Friday’s accident.

It occurred whilst the helicopter was en route to Bergen Flesland Airport from the Statoil-operated Gullfaks B field.

11 were Norwegian nationals, one was a British national, and one was an Italian national:

  • Arild Fossedal (43) from Bergen in Hordaland County – worked for Aker Solutions.
  • Ole Magnar Kvamme (60) from Bergen – worked for Statoil.
  • Kjetil Wathne (51) from Bergen – employed by Karsten Moholt and hired in by Aker Solutions.
  • Olav Bastiansen (57) from Bergen – worked at CHC.
  • Odd Geir Turøy (54) from Øygarden municipality in Hordaland County – worked for Aker Solutions.
  • Espen Samuelsen (35) from Os municipality in Hordaland County – worked at Welltec Norway.
  • Silje Ye Rim Veivåg Krogsæther (32) from Bømlo municipality in Hordaland County – worked for Schlumberger.
  • Lyder Martin Telle (57) from Sund municipality in Hordaland County – employed by Aker Solutions.
  • Otto Mikal Vasstveit (54) from Strand municipality in Rogaland County – worked for Halliburton.
  • Tommas Helland (50) from Strand municipality – worked for Halliburton.
  • Behnam Ahmadi (54) from Sandnes in Rogaland County – worked for Halliburton.
  • Iain Andrew William Stuart (41) from Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire – employed by Halliburton.
  • Michele Vimercati (44) from Varese in Italy and who was living in Bergen – employed by CHC Helicopter Service.



Published on Tuesday, 3rd May, 2016 at 15:35 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 4th May 2016 at 15:46.

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





  
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