Offshore Industry: Norway

Transport written question – answered on 13th September 2013.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will conduct a full review of all helicopter operations in the UK Continental Shelf which includes in the terms of reference comparisons with the (a) safety record and (b) inspection of helicopter operations in the Norwegian offshore sector.

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

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is currently investigating the recent accident involving an AS332 L2 Super Puma helicopter on 23 August 2013. In its Special Bulletin issued on 5 September 2013 the AAIB stated that, to date, no evidence of causal technical failure had been identified. Both the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) are satisfied that there is no evidence to suggest that there are any issues with the Super Puma helicopter and are content for operations to continue. It would be inappropriate, at this stage, for me to consider whether a full review of offshore helicopters is necessary, pending the outcome of the AAIB investigation.

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