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LN-OJF accident summary

On 29 April 2016, the Super Puma H225 was involved in a fatal accident off the coast of Norway, in which tragically all 13 people on board lost their lives. All H225 and AS332 L2 helicopters in the Super Puma fleet were subsequently grounded.

On 7 October 2016, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) lifted the temporary flight suspension by issuing an airworthiness directive approving a set of protective measures to safely return the aircraft to service. The UK and Norwegian authorities have, however, continued to ground H225 and AS332 L2 helicopters.

The Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) has now published their interim report into the causes of the accident. This has identified a fatigue fracture in one of the planet gears in the second stage of the epicyclic module of the main gear box (MGB) as the event that led to main rotor separation. While the failure sequence is now understood, the AIBN investigation, with the full cooperation of Airbus Helicopters, is ongoing.

A message from Guillaume Faury, Chief Executive Officer

Guillaume Faury

The 2016 accident was an immense tragedy. My team and I were deeply shocked. We build helicopters to help people and to transport them safely, and to save lives - and this accident goes against everything we believe in.

We are working with the authorities to find out what happened, and we will use the findings to set new safety standards across the helicopter industry.

We know there will be questions and they demand answers. We are determined to be as transparent as possible. We will be keeping the families of those who died, our customers, employees, and other stakeholders, fully informed throughout the investigation.

To support that process, we have created this Super Puma Information Centre. This website will supply regular updates on the investigation, as well as the lessons and actions that result from it.

I cannot change the past, and all of us at Airbus Helicopters wish this tragedy had never happened, but we are determined to ensure it is never repeated.

Guillaume Faury, Chief Executive Officer