Stricken copter has to be rescued
A stricken Airbus H175 helicopter had to be taken ashore on board a ship after a cockpit warning light appeared while the aircraft was on an oil rig.
Only a small number of H175s are in service in the UK North Sea. NHV has three at its base in Aberdeen, while CHC Helicopter took delivery of its first H175 for use in offshore oil operations in August.
A spokesman for Belgian operator NHV confirmed the warning light incident took place last week.
He said the light came on when the aircraft was on a rig in Danish waters, and not during flight.
A ship was used after it became clear that the H175 could not safely fly all the way back to its base.
The aircraft did manage to fly the short distance between the rig and the ship, before being transported back to the Danish coast.
Once near the shore, it made a short flight to Esbjerg airport, where it is undergoing scheduled maintenance.
An industry source based in Denmark told Energy Voice that the aircraft had suffered gearbox problems.
NHV and Airbus indicated that a root cause had yet to be found.
A spokesman for Airbus added that the aircraft would not return to action without it undergoing a full set of checks.