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North Sea Helicopter Spins on Helideck During Emergency Landing

Published in Oil Industry News on Friday, 30 December 2016


Graphic for News Item: North Sea Helicopter Spins on Helideck During Emergency Landing

A CHC Helicopter was described by eye witnesses as 'spinning on the deck' after making an emergency landing due to technical difficulties.

One source claimed that gouges were taken from the helideck of the West Franklin platform as the aircraft was forced to land, and that damage was incurred as the airframe spun uncontrollably upon landing.

There were nine passengers and two crew on board the shuttle flight from the Elgin Production Utilities Quarters. 

A spokesman for CHC Helicopter last night said the helicopter had experienced “unexpected control responses” as it made an emergency landing. An investigation has been launched by the company.

The spokesman said: “We can confirm that one of the S92s operating from Aberdeen experienced unexpected control responses during the final stages of a landing at an offshore platform.

“The crew responded immediately in accordance with their training and the aircraft was successfully landed and shut down; there were no reported injuries among the passengers or the crew.

“The aircraft is being inspected by our engineers; we are making arrangements for the safe returnof the aircraft to allowthe investigation to continue.

“We are in close contact with the aircraft manufacturer and we will be keeping customers and fellow operators informed of any significant factual information as it emerges.”

A spokeswoman for Total, the operator of the fields, said: “Nine passengers and two crew were onboard the helicopter at the time.

“All were transferred onto the West Franklin platform safely and arrangements are in place for them to return to the Elgin PUQ today, Thursday, December 29.

“CHC, operators of the S92 helicopter mobiliseda team of engineers tothe West Franklin to inspect the aircraft and prepare for it to return to Aberdeen.

“Arrangements are being made for the safe returnof the aircraft to allowthe investigation to continue.

“Total and CHC are working together to ensure the safety and welfare of all personnel at all times.”

If you have more information relating to this incident or wish to report a seperate story that you believe may be of interest to our readers, please contact our news team in confidence at: news@oilandgaspeople.com





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