Norwegian Authority Bans All Use of H225 Helicopters Following Crash

The Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority has decided to suspend all use of H225 helicopters, following the latest report from the Accident Investigation Board Norway.

This helicopter type had already been suspended from regular traffic following an accident on April 29, which saw a helicopter carrying a Statoil crew from the Gullfaks B oil platform crash while en route to the Bergen airport on the West Coast of Norway.

The latest restriction applies from June 1 and entails that all use of this helicopter for search, rescue and medical assignments (SAR) is suspended.

Statoil uses H225 in its SAR emergency service from the Oseberg Field Centre, Statfjord B and at Sola. Following the report, Statoil will mobilize the necessary resources in these areas to safeguard emergency preparedness, according to a company statement.



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