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AS332 L2 Accident - Airbus Helicopters Statements

10/18/2013 – AAIB issues investigation update

The Special Bulletin S7/2013 issued by the AAIB today confirmed that the examination of the wreckage and the analysis of the recorded data “have not found any evidence of a technical fault that could have been causal to the accident.” The ongoing investigation will focus on the operational and survivability aspects of the flight. Only the AAIB is authorized to communicate the details of the investigation and the results.

Airbus Helicopters is determined to take whatever steps are necessary with the industry to ensure that tragedies like this do not happen again. We fully support and are ready to assist with the separate reviews of offshore helicopter operations in the North Sea launched by Oil and Gas UK, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), and the proactive review of operating practices and procedures launched by UK helicopter operators in Aberdeen. Our industry must continue to work closely together to improve the safe operation of our aircraft.

 

09/25/2013 – Airbus Helicopters supports UK CAA decision to review North Sea helicopter operations

Airbus Helicopters fully supports the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)’s decision to launch an independent review of offshore helicopter operations in the North Sea.

The study, to be conducted in partnership with the Norwegian CAA, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and a panel of independent experts, will recommend ways to improve the safety of helicopter flying in this important Oil & Gas market.

Research areas will include current operations, previous accidents and incidents, and offshore helicopter flying in other countries, as well as a comparison of UK and Norwegian operations.

Airbus Helicopters is ready to assist the CAA’s research efforts in every possible way. We are determined to work with industry to improve the safety of offshore helicopter transportation and to ensure that tragedies like the recent AS332 L2 accident do not happen again.

 

09/05/2013 – AAIB reports initial findings

A special bulletin issued today by the AAIB has summarized that “to date, no evidence of a causal technical failure has been identified; however, detailed examination of the CVFDR data and the helicopter wreckage is continuing.”

This announcement was made following the preliminary analysis of data downloaded from the aircraft’s flight data recorder earlier this week. The findings confirm that the helicopter “was intact” upon striking the sea, as previously suggested, and “both engines were delivering power until impact.”

Airbus Helicopters continues to support the investigation and awaits the definitive results of the inquiry.

 

08/30/2013 - Return to service of the Super Puma fleet in the UK

Airbus Helicopters welcomes the statement made by the United Kingdom’s Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) to support the resumption of flight operations on the AS332 L, L1, L2 and EC225 aircraft in the UK North Sea, respecting the decision to gradually reintroduce the AS332 L2 as agreed between operators and the oil & gas companies they serve.

Immediately following last Friday’s tragic accident, the Airbus Helicopters management team arrived in Aberdeen to support in the closest way possible the HSSG and the ongoing investigation.

Airbus Helicopters designs helicopters to transport people with the highest standards of safety, and to protect, serve and rescue them. That is our daily mission, and we continuously strive to improve our safety record. The AS332 L, L1, L2 and EC225 have been reliable aircraft for more than 30 years.

Safety is our first priority. We fully support the decision taken today by the HSSG to set up an independent review of helicopter transportation, which Airbus Helicopters will actively participate in. Our industry must continue to work closely together to improve the safe operation of our aircraft.

 

08/25/2013 - An AS332 L2, operated by CHC Scotia, was involved in an accident on Friday, August 23 at 6:20 pm, approximately two miles west of Sumburgh off Shetland.

Guillaume Faury, Airbus Helicopters’ CEO, said: "We all at Airbus Helicopters are deeply saddened by this accident. This is a tragedy for all of us. We express our deepest sympathies to the families, friends and colleagues of those who lost their lives. Our thoughts are with all those affected, including the workforce in the North Sea. We also wish to acknowledge all those persons involved in the search and rescue operations. Their prompt and professional action saved many lives and for that we are sincerely thankful."

Members of Airbus Helicopters’ senior management have arrived in Aberdeen to support in this very difficult time.

At present, limited technical information is available regarding the cause of the accident. Airbus Helicopters’ experts are in Aberdeen working closely with the investigation authorities to determine the cause.

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