Norwegian TV company – TV2 documentary on the Airbus Superpuma fatal accident inTurøy April 2016 with English subtitles. 

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Restrictions on H225LP and AS332L2 Super Puma helicopters to be lifted

  • UK and Norwegian regulators announce their intention for removal of restrictions that prevent operators using the helicopters
  • The move follows extensive investigation, testing and changes to the helicopter and its maintenance
  • Flights will not resume immediately
  • Helicopter had already been cleared to fly by the European Aviation Safety Agency in October 2016

The UK and Norwegian aviation authorities have today set out plans for the lifting of operating restrictions on H225LP and AS332L2 helicopters. The restrictions were imposed following the fatal accident of a H225 near Turøy in Norway in April 2016. The two helicopter types, popularly known as Super Pumas, were restricted from being used commercially by UK and Norwegian operators.

Both the UK Civil Aviation Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority of Norway have remained in close contact with the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA); UK and Norwegian operators; and with the manufacturer, Airbus Helicopters which has developed the modifications and enhanced safety measures for the type. Despite the helicopter being released back into service by EASA in October 2016, the restrictions remain in place in the UK and Norway until these further enhancements have been made.

Changes and modifications made to the helicopter and its maintenance by Airbus Helicopters include:

  • Change in the design by removal of the components that were susceptible to premature deterioration.
  • Earlier replacement of components
  • Design change to introduce an improved maintenance inspection method to detect any deterioration at an early stage.
  • More frequent inspections
  • Reduction in the thresholds for rejecting components based upon early signs of any deterioration.

The UK CAA said that helicopters will not begin flying immediately. A plan of checks, modifications and inspections needs to be undertaken before any flights take place. It will also be for operators and their customers to decide whether they wish to re-introduce the helicopters to service. In order to resume operations individual operators will need to supply safety cases to ensure that they have all the necessary measures (procedures, processes, tooling and training) in place for a return to service.

Explaining the decision John McColl, Head of Airworthiness at the UK CAA, said: “This is not a decision we have taken lightly. It has only been made after receiving extensive information from the Norwegian accident investigators and being satisfied with the subsequent changes introduced by Airbus Helicopters through detailed assessment and analysis.

“The safety of those who travel on offshore helicopter flights is a key priority for both the UK and Norwegian aviation authorities. We would not have made this decision unless we were convinced that the changes to the helicopters and their maintenance restore the required airworthiness standards.

“We continue to work with the helicopter operators, the offshore industries, international regulators, unions and pilot representatives to enhance offshore safety standards still further and all these parties are actively involved in ongoing discussions.”

For more information contact the CAA press office on 0207 453 6030

Airbus Super Puma helicopters involved in a series of crashes and other safety incidents have had clearance from UK   & Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)

UK and Norway plan to lift a ban on offshore flights using two types of Super Puma helicopters, 17 months after a fatal crash in Norway.

UK  Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said on Friday (07/ 07/2017)both countries intended to lift national restrictions that remained in place after European authorities declared the helicopters safe to fly last October.

Europe grounded the H225LP and AS332L2 helicopters, built by Airbus Helicopters, after 13 passengers and crew were killed when the rotors flew off their aircraft in April last year.

The decision to extend the safety clearance to Britain and Norway follows “extensive investigation, testing and changes to the helicopter and its maintenance,” the CAA said in a statement.

Flights will not resume immediately, however.

“A plan of checks, modifications and inspections needs to be undertaken before any flights take place,” the CAA said.

“It will also be for operators and their customers to decide whether they wish to re-introduce the helicopters to service”

Norwegian oil company Statoil said in December it would stop using H225 Super Puma helicopters for good.


Unite the Union Trade

Unite the Union members working offshore, have significant safety concerns on the reintroduction of the Airbus Superpuma and have lost all confidence in this airframe and they are strongly opposed to their return, and they still believe the Superpuma variants should be discontinued from commercial operations in the North Sea.

Some Major Oil companies including Shell, BP and Statoil have expressed the view that they will not be using the Airbus Superpumas in the both short and long term future.


Oil & Gas UK

July 7, 2017

Deirdre Michie, chief executive of Oil & Gas UK, said:

“We note the Civil Aviation Authority’s announcement of plans to lift the restrictions in place on the H225LP and AS332L2 Airbus helicopters.

This announcement does not mean an immediate return to service of these helicopters in the UK and it will be for individual oil and gas companies to decide if they consider doing so. This will require a robust Safety Case, as well as required monitoring and modifications to allow flying.

The safety of the offshore workforce is of paramount importance to the industry and we understand the strong feelings and opinions surrounding this matter. There is an ongoing consultation being held by Airbus regarding these helicopters for pilots and passengers and we would encourage all of the workforce involved to provide input so that any concerns can be addressed.

We will continue to work closely on helicopter safety with the workforce, industry and regulators going forwards.”


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Norway cancels flight ban for Super Puma helicopters


July 14 repealed grounding for Super Puma models in Norway. CAA has received approval for all security requirements.

Long-lasting 14 months after Turøy accident nullify CAA-fly zone for the two Super Puma models that are sitting on the ground in Norway.

This happens after the Norwegian aviation authorities have received approval for a number of safety requirements.

– Friday 14th July repealed flight ban, says Lars Kobberstad, director of the Civil Aviation Authority to TV 2.

Both Norway and Britain have demanded fly for two models, and all were 44 helicopters sitting on the ground in the aftermath Turøy accident.

For CAA has two things played an important role before it was appropriate to repeal the no-fly:

– One is to reduce the likelihood as much as possible that there may be fatigue fracture of the planetary gears. The other goes on to increase the likelihood that, if it does occur a failure is detected as early as possible, explains Kobberstad.

 Norwegian Trade Union Disappointed

Henrik S. Fjeldsbø, which is helicopter expert in associated Industri Energi, believes there is very little confidence that the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority now choose to follow the European air father’s government its tracks and repeal flight ban until the root cause is found.

– We are very disappointed that the civil aviation authorities decide to suspend the no-fly when the root cause Turøy accident has not yet been found, says Fjeldsbø, leader of Industri Energi his helicopter range, in a statement on the federation’s website .

– As long as you do not know the underlying reason why one of the planetary gear in the helicopter’s gearbox broke and the error has been corrected, so should not the helicopters being used again on the Norwegian continental shelf, says Fjeldsbø.

– Understands the bereaved

Kobberstad says he understands that some travelers and survivors Turøy accident believes it is wrong with the Super Puma in the air again. 

– It sits many survivors who have lost their loved ones and for these, this is a heavy and difficult issue. In addition, there are several thousand employees in the North Sea using helicopter transport to and from work, and for these, perhaps confidence in this type of helicopter weakened, says Kobberstad to TV2.

Aviation Director has great understanding that there are still many unanswered questions and that there is considerable uncertainty as to the type of helicopter.

– Authorities in Norway have to make decisions based on facts and analysis, we mean that we have done in this case here. Now we believe that it is safe to fly this helicopter type, explains Kobberstad.

Tightened security in the world

The requirements CAA has now received approval for being applicable worldwide.

Norway says no to controversial helicopter EU regulations

Norway says no to controversial helicopter EU regulations

What do you think you have been able to influence helicopter safety in the whole world?

– CAA is concerned with aviation safety. If we can help ensure that it is better both in Norway and the rest of the world, so we are very pleased with it.

The reason Turøyulykken, as well as an accident in 2009, was fatigue crack in a gear.

A problem TV2 recently described security system to expose metal shavings and fragments in the gearbox, which may stem from parts that are about to be broken. The system could only capture 12%. This is now improved so that detection rate is increased to fifty percent.

– If it comes, for example, a hundred particles into giroljesystemet, then half of these particles – fifty percent – get caught up. This coupled with other security measures, we believe that this sum is sufficient and good enough, says Kobberstad.

– Will follow closely

The sketch shows the installed magnetic detector which is new.  It is newly designed and precisely certified by EASA.  It has a substantially higher efficiency than other detectors. & Nbsp;
The sketch shows the installed magnetic detector which is new. It is newly designed and precisely certified by EASA. It has a substantially higher efficiency than other detectors. 

In October lifted the EU’s air safety agency EASA flight ban in the EU for both Super Puma models, EC 225 that crashed at Turøy and AS332 L2 that crashed in 2009.

The new magnetic plug.
The new magnetic plug.

The CAA said this was wrong. Now Norwegian aviation authorities received approval for additional security requirements that totally makes you think the type of helicopter can fly again. But Kobberstad says that it will closely follow up with checks in retrospect, to see that the requirements are fulfilled.

– Now is the detection rate to detect metal shavings in the gearbox 50 percent, how can it be good enough? 

– The sum of measures in addition to this, we believe that this is safe, explains Kobberstad.

Got fired

The supplier of gears snapped, both in 2016 on Turøy and outside the UK in 2009, has now been replaced. Contractor who now manufactures and supplies gear to the two Super Puma models, has no registered gears breach earlier.

Moreover, Norway has received approval for the life of the gears is greatly reduced to 1100 flying hours for one model board at Turøy and 1,650 flight hours for the older Super Puma model.

Moreover, the maximum size for metal fragments in girbokoljen greatly reduced, as is the extent of metal fragments. Overall believes the CAA that this is sufficient.

You have previously disagreed with EASA. EASA has been to relax, or you too strict?

Knew warning system had major weaknesses


Knew warning system had major weaknesses

– I am very pleased with the cooperation we have had with EASA as it has evolved, says Kobberstad.

CAA has stood their ground and refused to abolish the no-fly zone twice. First, in October last year and then in March 2017, when EASA believed that these measures were not sufficient to abolish the flight ban in Norway.

Now it’s words on July 14.

Strong emotions when divers were to search for the wreck outside Turøy

Strong emotions when divers were to search for the wreck outside Turøy

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