Incident Updates, News
Incident Updates, News: Update regarding the H225 accident investigation in Norway
On 25 February 2017, Airbus Helicopters issued an Alert Service Bulletin calling for the one-time inspection of the MGB oil cooler on some EC225/AS332 L2 currently in service.
Airbus has released the following statement and EASA has issued an Airworthiness Directive.
Airbus Helicopters Statement
- Following recent findings of the investigation into the LN-OJF accident, Airbus Helicopters has issued an Alert Service Bulletin calling for the one-time inspection of the MGB oil cooler on some EC225/AS332 L2 currently in service. This is meant to check for the presence of metallic particles in the oil cooler.
- This inspection is required for aircraft whose second-stage planet gears have accumulated over 300 hours of flight time since new.
- This new inspection further enhances the protective measures currently in place and are part of the wider safety case addressing EC225/AS332 L2 operations worldwide.
- As the investigation into the LN-OJF accident continues, our priority is to ensure that all findings are properly taken into account to guarantee safety.
- We remain committed to sharing information in full transparency with our customers and all relevant stakeholders.
On 2 February 2017, the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) published an interim report of the investigation into the H225 helicopter accident near Turøy, Norway on 29 April 2016. It is available at: https://www.aibn.no/Aviation/Investigations/16-286
The AIBN intends to issue a new preliminary report on 29 April 2017, pending any significant new discoveries which would require an interim update before then.