The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and Dundee)

Firm scraps Super Puma oil rig flights


Operator CHC will no longer fly Super Puma H225 helicopter­s – the type involved in the fatal Norway crash in April – from its Aberdeen base.

CHC said the decision was “based on customer demand” and would only change at the request of customers.

The aircraft and a second Super Puma model are grounded under a European Aviation Safety Agency directive issued six days ago.

The no fly order was made after investigat­ors examining the wreckage of the Super Puma H225 which crashed in Norway, killing 13 people, found signs of metal fatigue in the gearbox.

A CHC spokeswoma­n said: “CHC is committed to having a resilient, mixed fleet that provides the right aircraft at the right time to meet our customers’ helicopter service requiremen­ts.

“In Scotland, over the past few weeks, we have engaged closely with our H225 customers about the immediate term but also looking forward to the future.

“As a service provider to our customers, we must understand, accept and respond to their operationa­l requiremen­ts and wishes,” she said.

The operator does not fly the aircraft from its other UK bases.

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