Offshore operators halt use of Super Puma helicopters

Oil and gas companies operating in the UK offshore are temporarily refraining from flying two models of Super Puma helicopter subject to the latest recommendation issued by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), according to Oil & Gas UK.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK -- Oil and gas companies operating in the UK offshore are temporarily refraining from flying two models of Super Puma helicopter subject to the latest recommendation issued by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), according to Oil & Gas UK.

This will apply to all passenger flights over the weekend. Representatives from the oil and gas companies together with the helicopter operators (Bond, Bristow, and CHC Scotia) will meet on Sunday afternoon to determine what further action needs to be taken following further recommendations from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The two models are the AS332L2, involved in the recent fatal helicopter accident on April 1, and the EC225LP. Twenty-five helicopters in the UK offshore fleet will be affected.

04/17/2009

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