News: Incident Updates

3 June 2016

Incident Updates

Incident Updates: Update on the helicopter accident investigation in Turøy, Norway

The further publication of both the UK CAA safety directive suspending all flying by H225 and 332L2 helicopters in the UK and the EASA Emergency Airworthiness Directive which temporarily grounds the AS332L2 and EC225 fleets, gives us the further assurance that the system and process to ensure safe flight operations is in place and working.

This combination of processes with a detailed investigation being undertaken by AIBN, supported by Airbus and others, gives us the belief that the root cause will, in time, be fully understood; then and only then, can the appropriate corrective measures be put in place to ensure that the issue is resolved.

All stakeholders will then develop a safety case before the H225 helicopter can be released for a return to service. Every helicopter operator and oil and gas company will follow their own processes to ensure the safety of those who travel offshore in helicopters.

Our commitment to the investigation remains absolute; our commitment to identifying and addressing the root cause remains absolute; our commitment through collaboration with all stakeholders, not least the offshore workforce, to only returning the aircraft to service when it is safe to do so remains absolute.

Following the AIBN’s preliminary report, on 2 June 2016, safety directives were issued by the relevant authorities and regulator. Click here to view the latest safety information from the AIBN, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), UK and Norway Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Airbus.