Additional checks on offshore helicopters being carried out


Additional checks on offshore helicopters being carried out

CHC helicopter on offshore platformImage copyright.
Image captionDamage was caused as a S92 helicopter was landing

Additional checks are being carried on a North Sea helicopter fleet in the wake of safety fears.

It follows an incident which saw a S92 spin more than 180 degrees on landing.

One-off inspections of the tail rotor on all S92 helicopters around the world took place last week, following the incident on the West Franklin platform in December.

Operators are now being told to increase inspections on the aircraft’s tail rotor.

No-one was injured in the incident, but there was significant damage to the deck of the platform.

As a result of the initial safety checks, 11 tail rotor bearings were returned to manufacturer Sikorsky for further tests.

The Federal Aviation Administration has now said further inspections using specialist cameras must be carried out every 10 hours of flying time.

North Sea operators said they were fully complying with the latest directive.

Gouge marksImage copyright.
Image captionGouge marks were left after the incident

More on this story

  • Helicopter spun after ‘losing total tail rotor control’
    11 January 2017
  • Sikorsky grounds S92 helicopters for safety checks after incident
    10 January 2017
  • North Sea helicopter ‘gouged platform deck’
    5 January 2017

Related Internet links

  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Sikorsky · Lockheed Martin
  • European Aviation Safety Agency
  • Air Accidents Investigation Branch

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