Commercial

M/R Gearbox Implicated in Crash

By Staff Writer | April 13, 2009
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The United Kingdom’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch reports that a failure in the main rotor gearbox caused the fatal crash of a Eurocopter AS332 L2 Super Puma in the North Sea 15 miles northeast of Peterhead, Scotland on April 1. The failure then lead to the main rotor breaking away from the aircraft, resulting in the crash which left both crewmembers and 14 oil platform workers dead. Meanwhile, The Scotsman, a regional news service, is reporting that Bond Offshore Helicopters, the operator of the accident helicopter and one other Super Puma that crashed last February, has seen its flights drop from 75 to just two since the accident, reportedly because BP and ConocoPhillips have turned to other helicopter companies pending the final outcome of the investigation. For further information

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