North Sea crash helicopter required maintenance just days prior to accident

North Sea crash helicopter required maintenance just days prior to accident

The helicopter involved in Friday’s tragic accident that killed 12 people working for Statoil off the west coast of Norway had two incidents in the days leading up to the crash.

Operator CHC said the Super Puma helicopter had been serviced twice in the past week as a warning light repeatedly came on.

It also emerged the rotor blade of the helicopter broke off seconds before the crash as the aircraft carried oil workers to the mainland from Statoil’s Gullfaks B oil platform in the North Sea.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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    Gunnar Haug
    May 2, 2016 at 9:13 am

    The number of casualties is 13 – not 12.