Stricken copter has to be res­cued

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS -

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.

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