Friday 26 October 2012

Helicopter Safety Steering Group Circulates Fact Sheet Following G-CHCN Ditching

Following meetings of the Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) in Aberdeen on 24 and 25 October, the group fully supports the decision by the helicopter operators to continue suspension of the EC225 aircraft and re-introduce flights using certain AS332L, L1 and L2 variants.

Initial findings from the ongoing investigation into the ditching of G-CHCN on 22 October have revealed similarities with the G-REDW ditching on 10 May. The three main UK offshore helicopter operators, CHC, Bond and Bristow, had originally taken an aligned decision to impose a precautionary, temporary self-imposed suspension on all Super Puma aircraft.

Based on new information in the investigation, the helicopter operators have now decided to return specific Super Puma aircraft to flight.

Fact Sheet

The group has published a Fact Sheet, explaining what's going on.


Relevant information is available on both ditching incidents – including statements issued by the helicopter operators, regulators and investigators.



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Notes to Editors

  1. Step Change in Safety is the UK based partnership with the remit to make the UK the safest oil and gas exploration and production province in the world through cooperation, collaboration, sharing and adopting of best practices and learnings.
  2. The remit of Step Change in Safety's Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) is to work proactively to identify and address cross-industry issues around helicopter safety, related to helicopter operations in the UK oil and gas industry. Helicopter operators, oil and gas operators and contractors, offshore trade unions, the pilots’ union BALPA, the regulators HSE and CAA and Oil & Gas UK are all represented at a senior level on the work group.
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