AIBN issues verdict on Norway helicopter crash

The Unite union has welcomed the findings of Norway’s Accident Investigation Board report into the Airbus Super Puma helicopter crash that killed 13 offshore staff in April 2016.

Offshore staff

LONDON – The Unite union has welcomed the findings of Norway’s Accident Investigation Board (AIBN) report into the Airbus Super Puma helicopter crash that killed 13 offshore staff in April 2016.

The report concluded that the crash off the western Norwegian coast was due to metal ‘fatigue facture’ in the helicopter’s gearbox.

AIBN has recommended that Airbus should take another look at the design of the main gearbox of its Super Pumas and that the EU Commission should improve access to information for investigators in the event of a future crash.

Unite regional officer, Tommy Campbell said the report “confirms what we have always known which is that Airbus are fully responsible for this fatal accident,” adding that the findings “will reinforce the stand being taken by offshore workers that the North Sea must remain Super Puma free.”

07/06/2018

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