Helicopter operations reviewed

Offshore helicopter operations in the North Sea are to be reviewed, the UK's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced following five accidents - and four deaths - in the last four years.

Helicopter review will compare UK and Norway

A review into offshore helicopter operations in the North Sea will compare UK fleets with those in Norway.

The CAA said its review will be undertaken with the Norwegian CAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency and will pay particular attention to:

  • Operators' decision making and internal management
  • The protection of passengers and crew
  • Pilot training and performance
  • Helicopter airworthiness.

The review follows five accidents in the last four years, the last of which in August this year claimed four lives.

CAA announces review after North Sea helicopter crash

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced a review of offshore helicopter operations in the North Sea after an aircraft carrying 16 oil workers went down in August, killing four people.

The Helicopter Safety Steering Group temporarily grounded the Super Puma fleet after the incident, but lifted the ban after concluding that there was no evidence to support it.

The CAA said the review will be undertaken jointly with other safety watchdogs and advised by a panel of independent experts in order to make recommendations aimed at improving the safety of offshore flying.

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