Helicopter Accident 29th April 2016 - Step Change in Safety Statement

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Updated at 7:00pm 29-04-16

We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to all those affected by the tragic accident in Norway today, 29th April 2016.  We have extended our support to CHC, Statoil, the wider industry and the workforce in Norway.

The UK CAA has issued an instruction to stop any commercial passenger flights by UK operators flying the Airbus EC225LP helicopter, which mirrors action taken by the Norwegian CAA following the accident. The restriction does not apply to search and rescue flights.

We are aware that UK helicopter operators are already working on their resilience plans with a view to bringing additional alternative aircraft into the region.  It is important to avoid speculation regarding the causal factors and ensure that we give the relevant bodies the time to investigate thoroughly.  

Step Change in Safety fully supports the action taken by the UK CAA and will continue to monitor the situation closely and communicate the facts as they become available.

We are committed to our members, and will communicate the facts as we learn them.
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Initial Statement issued at 4:30pm 29-04-16

We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to all those affected by the tragic accident in Norway today, 29th April 2016.  We have extended our support to CHC, the industry and the workforce in Norway.

The UK CAA has issued an instruction to stop any commercial passenger flights by UK operators flying the Airbus EC225LP helicopter, which mirrors action taken by the Norwegian CAA following the accident. The restriction does not apply to search and rescue flights.

 

We are aware that UK helicopter operators are already working on their resilience plans with a view to bringing additional alternative aircraft into the region.  It is important to avoid speculation regarding the causal factors and ensure that we give the relevant bodies the time to investigate thoroughly. 

 

Step Change in Safety fully supports the action taken by the UK CAA and will continue to monitor the situation closely and communicate the facts as they become available.

 

 

 

 

Media Contact:

Charlotte Jordan

01224 577345

07538501773

charlotte@stepchangeinsafety.net

 

 

 

Comments

I just wonder to myself, after watching the clip of the prop spinning away, and eyewitness statements saying the body fell like a stone - very similarly to the one off peterhead in 2009. Why has nobody considered fitting some sort of parachute to the fuselage of the chopper to allow it to float down under these horrific circumstances... even if it slowed the impact enough that some might survive?

This is the 2nd time the rotors have detached from the fuselage, even though it's a different model, it's a disgrace this has happened again. This catastrophe shouldn't have happened once let alone twice. The poor souls didn't stand a chance. No wonder there is no confidence in this make of aircraft. All models of super puma need to be retired otherwise it's just a matter of time before something like this happens again. There's been to many accidents, pilot error and technical. It's about time they spent the money and invest in a new fleet.