Alerts iconPreliminary report into helicopter crash near Bergen

The Air Accident Investigation Board of Norway (AIBN) has published a preliminary report on the accident at Turøy, near Bergen, Norway on 29 April 2016. An Airbus H225 helicopter was en route from an offshore platform in the Norwegian sector to Bergen Airport Flesland. The helicopter was cruising at 600m when the Main Rotor Head … Continue reading “Preliminary report into helicopter crash near Bergen”

Alerts iconNear-miss: Supply vessel in path of helicopter making approach to platform

The Marine Safety Forum has published the following safety flash regarding an incident in which a helicopter aborted an approach to a fixed installation because a supply vessel was positioned inside the ‘go around’ and take-off flight path. Even though an engine failure is a rare and unlikely event, helicopters are always flown so that … Continue reading “Near-miss: Supply vessel in path of helicopter making approach to platform”

Alerts iconReintroduction of personal locator beacons on helicopter flights

Members’ attention is drawn to the attached announcement from Oil & Gas UK regarding recent developments with personal locator beacons (PLBs) for passengers in helicopters, which states that it has been agreed that PLBs should be reintroduced on offshore helicopter flights from mid-July. This follows an earlier announcement from the UK Civil Aviation Authority stopping … Continue reading “Reintroduction of personal locator beacons on helicopter flights”

Alerts iconSuper Puma helicopter accident – initial report

The UK Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB) has issued its initial report into the recent Super Puma helicopter accident. Although this report relates to a North Sea incident, the relevant issues and the information regarding the gearbox monitoring and warning systems on the helicopter type mentioned could apply anywhere.

Alerts iconPersonal locator beacons on helicopters

Further to recent helicopter accidents in the UK Offshore Sector, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has stopped the use of passengers’ personal locator beacons (PLBs) when on helicopter flights for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. An explanatory note from the CAA is attached, together with an announcement from Oil & Gas UK. … Continue reading “Personal locator beacons on helicopters”

Alerts iconLithium batteries: Fire following the failure of a helicopter start power unit

What happened? The vessel fire alarm panel indicated an activated smoke detector in the Heli admin office. Upon investigation, crew found the Heli admin office to be filled with smoke; they proceeded to raise the alarm immediately and inform the Bridge. The fire alarm was sounded, and all personnel proceeded to muster. Emergency response teams … Continue reading “Lithium batteries: Fire following the failure of a helicopter start power unit”

Alerts iconS92 helicopter pressure refuelling incident

Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) has circulated a report of a near-miss incident involving refuelling of helicopters. The incident occurred when the fuel supply to the aircraft was interrupted and introduced fuel/air mix delivery to the aircraft, which caused the tank vent valves to close and build-up of pressure causing the sponson to rupture. Please … Continue reading “S92 helicopter pressure refuelling incident”

Alerts iconFatality during helicopter escape training

We have been advised of the following fatality, which occurred during a routine helicopter escape training course. A trainee had arrived for the course appearing normal. The class was provided with briefing and demonstration of the exercise to be undertaken and two other participants successfully completed the exercise. The trainee mounted the trainer in preparation … Continue reading “Fatality during helicopter escape training”

Alerts iconHelideck operations

The attention of members who carry out or are involved in helideck operations is drawn to the attached letter and enclosure received from CHC Scotia Ltd. IMCA awaits the AAIB report on the accident referred to therein and will comment further thereafter.

Alerts iconCorrosion damage: Failed fire hydrant

A member has reported an incident in which a fire hydrant valve failed under pressure.  The incident occurred during testing of the helideck firefighting system.  A hydrant valve assembly on the starboard side of the main deck failed under pressure.  The 2kg valve assembly struck the deck head approximately 2 metres above, chipping paint on … Continue reading “Corrosion damage: Failed fire hydrant”