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United Kingdom

Wind industry to review helicopter crash

UK: Key wind organisations confirmed they do not use the Super Puma helicopter after the aircraft was involved in an accident that left four people dead on Friday off Shetland, Scotland.

Super Puma helicopter AS 332 L2 (Photo credit Patrick Penna, Eurocopter)
Super Puma helicopter AS 332 L2 (Photo credit Patrick Penna, Eurocopter)

The Super Puma AS332 L2 went down close to shore on a flight to Shetland's Sumburgh Airport from the Borgsten Dolphin rig.

A spokesperson for Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind stated they use the Eurocopter BC135 TI and said: "The use of helicopters at Greater Gabbard is quite different to that in the offshore oil industry. The helicopters are generally only used to transport small numbers of technicians to single turbines.

"Safety is our top priority and whilst there is no immediate need for us to change our procedures, we will review the incident report once published and ensure that all necessary recommendations are implemented." 

A Dong Energy spokesperson said: "The accident may of course give rise to questions or general concern about helicopter safety and we will endeavour to update our colleagues with any new information regarding this tragic accident."

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