Offshore helicopter reintroduction petition launched by Unite union
A union petition calling on offshore operators not to reintroduce Super Puma 225 and L2 helicopters back into service has been launched.
It follows a UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) decision to lift the ban on the aircraft if operators met certain safety conditions.
They were grounded following a fatal crash off Norway in 2016.
Unite the union, regional officer, Tommy Campbell said: “Our members are telling us that they have no confidence in the safety of these airframes and neither do their families. Offshore workers deserve to return back home safe to loved ones from working in the North Sea.
Unite Back Home Safe 2017 petition calls for a vote of ‘no-confidence’ in Super Puma Chopper
- Unite recently launched a petition which calls for a halt to the reintroduction of the Airbus Superpuma model into service and the permanent cessation of commercial operations in the UKCS until the root cause of the gearbox problem is found and a full investigation is complete. In just over a week the petition has received around 1800 signatures.
- Back Home Safe Petition 2017 – “Do Not reintroduce the Airbus H225s and AS332s and L2s airframes in commercial operations in the UKCS” petition
The crash in April last year killed 13 people, including Iain Stewart from Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire.
The CAA criteria announced in July included:
- Change in the design by removal of the components that were susceptible to premature deterioration
- Earlier replacement of component
- 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 Super Puma 225 came down near the island of Turoey, near Bergen, while it was returning from an oil field.
A report in April into the crash said there was no explanation as to why a detection system did not spot signs of damage to the gearbox.
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