North Sea helicopter crash that killed 16 men 'was avoidable'

An inquiry into a North Sea helicopter crash that killed 16 men has found that it could have been avoided. Families of 14 oil workers and two crew members who died in 2009 have called for a full public inquiry.

View all 11 updates ›

Helicopter operator failures blamed for fatal crash

The inquiry into the deaths of 16 men in a North Sea helicopter crash in 2009 identified the following failures of Bond, the helicopter operator:

  • The failed to carry out proper maintenance procedure after a metal particle had been discovered in the helicopter's chip detector
  • They failed to ensure proper communication with the manufacturer, in accordance with recognised procedures
  • The result of which was the failure to carry out specific maintenance tasks and in doing so the operator failed to avoid the consequences - the fatal crash.

More top news