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Unite Scottish Secretary Pat Rafferty insisted the Super Puma fleet of helicopters must remain grounded while workers' confidence remained "shattered":
A helicopter safety group has lifted its suspension on Super Puma commercial passenger flights to and from offshore oil and gas plants in the UK.
The Helicopter Safety Steering Group said the decision was based on confidence from a group of five unions and organisations after five days of safety reviews.
Les Linklater, Step Change in Safety's team leader, said: “We have had the opportunity to review key elements of our fleet and better understand the positions of the authorities that determine the airworthiness and operational compliance and safety of our helicopter fleet.
"The result is that there is no evidence to support a continuation of the temporary suspension of the entire Super Puma fleet."
CHC has temporarily suspended all flights of the three types of Super Puma helicopter that it operates - the L, L2 and EC225 following the fatal crash off the coast of Shetland.
Fellow operators Bond Offshore Helicopters and Bristow also enforced a temporary suspension of all Super Puma flights except emergency rescue missions, in the wake of a recommendation by the industry's Helicopter Safety Steering Group.
The freeze on using the helicopter type is causing disruption to the movement of workers both on and off shore.
Four oil workers were killed when a Super Puma AS332 L2 travelling from the Borgsten Dolphin support vessel came down off the southern tip of Shetland last week with 16 passengers and two crew on board.
Offshore industry leaders are to reconvene to review the suspension of Super Puma flights after last week's fatal helicopter crash off the coast of Shetland.
A meeting of the industry's Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) was adjourned yesterday without reaching a decision on when the helicopters can return to the air.
Representatives from operators, trade unions and regulators will gather in Aberdeen at 1pm today to discuss the issue again.