Helicopter flights temporarily suspended after sea rescue

The operator of a helicopter that was safely ditched in the sea with 19 people on board is temporarily suspending flights with the model. The CHC-operated helicopter was carrying an oil crew from Aberdeen to a rig 86 miles north-west of Shetland when it ditched at around 3.30pm yesterday.

Investigations into the incident are on-going and Bristow Helicopters Ltd have taken the decision to delay operations with our EC225 and AS332L2 Super Puma helicopters until further information is available. The safety of our passengers and crew is of paramount importance to Bristow and we comply fully with the manufacturer's recommended maintenance and operational procedures for all of our aircraft. Bristow Helicopters remain totally committed to the highest standards of airworthiness for our fleet.

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Helicopter halt after rescue

The operator of a helicopter that was safely ditched in the sea with 19 people on board is temporarily suspending flights with the model. The CHC-operated helicopter was carrying an oil crew from Aberdeen to a rig 86 miles north-west of Shetland.