New AAIB safety calls after Super Puma ditchings in 2012

Ditched helicopter A Super Puma helicopter ditched off Shetland in 2012

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New safety recommendations have been made by investigators following the ditching at sea of two offshore helicopters in 2012.

The Super Pumas had gearbox failures before going down, with no loss of life, off Aberdeen and Shetland.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has called for new research into fatigue of the kind of metal alloys used in helicopter gear shafts.

The recommendations also included new cockpit checklists for all helicopters.

Changes to how offshore helicopter life rafts should be installed and moored were also called for.

In the May incident in 2012, all 14 people on board a Super Puma were rescued when their helicopter came down about 30 miles off the coast of Aberdeen during a flight to an oil rig.

Then in the October ditching, all 19 people on board were rescued safely after the Super Puma put down in the sea off Shetland.

Both the Super Puma EC 225s, operated by Bond and CHC Scotia, suffered gearbox failures due to cracks caused by corrosion.

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