Despite recommendations of manufacturer Airbus Helicopters not to keep the fleet on the ground, the authorities in Norway have prohibited any flights with EC225LP and AS332L2 Super Puma helicopters just before the weekend.
The move comes after initial findings of the investigation of the crash of a CHC Helikopter Service Super Puma on 29 April. The chopper – flying for Statoil’s offshore activities – was on route from Gullfaks B in the North Sea to Bergen Airport in Flesland, Norway. Just when it reached land the main rotor separated from the chopper, with all 13 on board killed when the rest of the aircraft plummeted to a small peninsula.
Also the United Kingdom has limited the flight ops with the Super Puma. Passenger traffic is not allowed, but search and rescue activities are with both the EC225LP and the AS332LP.
When it comes to offshore activities in the North Sea, the Sikorsky S-92 is now the only main workhorse left in action. But since the oil crisis makes for less activities, Norwegian authorities think the business will be fine.
© 2016 Airheadsfly.com senior contributor Marcel Burger
An Eurocopter EC 225 Super Puma Mark II on a North Sea platform close to Bergen, Norway, on September 27, 2008. (Image Nicolas Gouhier/Abacapress.com © Eurocopter)