Scottish Daily Mail

Rig he­li­copter in ‘near miss’

- Disasters · Incidents · United Kingdom · Aberdeenshire · Eurocopter Group · H225 Super Puma

A NORTH Sea he­li­copter pi­lot feared he would col­lide with a plane af­ter a ‘rel­a­tively new’ air traf­fic con­troller failed to tell him it was fly­ing nearby.

The Euro­copter EC225 Su­per Puma pi­lot had to take eva­sive ac­tion, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by the UK Air­prox Board, which in­ves­ti­gates re­ported near misses.

The ‘in­ex­pe­ri­enced’ con­troller had thought a ra­dio op­er­a­tor on the Bri­tan­nia oil rig, about 130 miles off Aberdeen, would keep both air­craft in­formed of their prox­im­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to the he­li­copter pi­lot, the risk of col­li­sion with the plane, which was car­ry­ing out me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal re­search work, had been ‘high’.

The air­craft passed within 300ft of each other on July 23 af­ter the EC225 had been given clear­ance to land on the rig. The pi­lot of the BA146 plane said he did not be­lieve there had been a col­li­sion risk.

The re­port con­cluded that both pi­lots had seen each other early and there had been no risk of a crash.

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