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Offshore Industry: Safety

Transport written question – answered on 10th September 2013.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure the safety of Super Puma model helicopters used to transport workers to and from offshore installations in the North Sea.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department for Transport

The investigation of the recent Super Puma helicopter accident has, to date, not identified any evidence of a causal technical failure. Therefore, at this stage, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), that has regulatory responsibility for the design of the helicopter and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), that has responsibility for the safe operation of the UK helicopter fleet, have no evidence to suggest that there is an issue that should lead to the grounding of the Super Puma model. However, both organisations will continue to monitor closely the investigation as it progresses and take what action may be necessary.

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