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The 2013 CHC helicopter Eurocopter AS332 crash involved a Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Puma Mk 2 belonging to CHC Helicopters crashed 2 nm from Sumburgh in the Shetland Islands, Scotland at 18:20 LT on 23 August 2013 in the North Sea while en route from Borgsten Dolphin oil platform. The accident killed four of the passengers and the 14 were rescued.

Accident

The flight took off from Aberdeen Airport and stopped at two old rigs to pick up passengers and was destined to land at Sumburgh Airport. The helicopter was on approach to Sumburgh Airport, when at 18:20 local time, the aircraft lost power and lost contact with air traffic control. No mayday was sent out by the pilots as they attempted to make a controlled ditching into the North Sea, just 2 NM west from Sumburgh. The helicopter fell into the sea and then turned upside down during the evacuation. The helicopter was found broken into several pieces up against rocks at Fitful Head.

Rescue and Fatalities

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution lifeboats and an RAF helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth were sent to find the downed helicopter. Two helicopters from Bond Offshore Helicopters, a passenger ferry and a cargo ship also joined in the search. The helicopter was found and 12 passengers and two crew where rescued and sent to Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick, Shetland Islands. But one of the passengers died from their injuries being transported to the hospital.[1][2]

Two bodies were found inside the aircraft and the other person remains missing presumed dead, the search is still on going. The fatalities were named the day after the accident. The victims are: Duncan Munro, 46, from Bishop Auckland; Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin; Gary McCrossan, 59, from Inverness; and George Allison, 57, from Winchester.[3]

Investigation

The Police Scotland and Air Accidents Investigation Branch have launched an investigation into the cause of the accident.

Aftermath

A day after the accident CHC helicopter temporarily suspended all Super Puma L2 flights worldwide.[4] The Helicopter Safety Steering Group said that all four different models of the Super Puma should be ground over safety concerns.[5]

See also

References

  1. Helicopter Crash: Four Dead In North Sea. News.sky.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-24.
  2. RNLI lifeboats involved in rescue operation following North Sea helicopter crash. Rnli.org. Retrieved on 2013-08-24.
  3. BBC News - Shetland helicopter crash: Four dead named. Bbc.co.uk (2013-08-07). Retrieved on 2013-08-24.
  4. Update: CHC Statement on Sumburgh Aircraft Incident. Chc.ca. Retrieved on 2013-08-24.
  5. BBC News - Shetland helicopter crash: Call to ground Super Pumas. Bbc.co.uk (2013-08-07). Retrieved on 2013-08-24.


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