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originally posted by: JIMC5499
a reply to: Ivar_Karlsen
No. Those blades look twisted because the stationary swash plate isn't there. There is nothing to hold them in pitch. If the main gear box would have locked up, the blades would be bent along their length in the plane of the rotor arc in the opposite direction of their travel.
A petition to remove the EC225 Super Puma helicopter from services, started by an oil worker following the crash, has now been signed by more than 5,000 people - some of them relatives killed in other incidents.
The petition calls on the CAA to "revoke the air worthiness certificates for this aircraft", claiming that failure to do this could result in "more needless deaths".
Commenting on the petition, the mother of 27-year-old oil rig worker Stuart Wood who died in a Super Puma crash in 2009, said all versions of the helicopter should be withdrawn.
The North Sea oil and gas industry is set suffer a net loss 23,000 jobs over the next five years – more than 4,000 a year every year to 2020 – with many of these expected to go in Aberdeen and Grampian areas.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
The aircraft that crashed aborted a flight Tuesday when a warning light came on in the cockpit. The aircraft underwent maintenance and flew a test flight Wednesday, that it also aborted. It then flew six commercial flights Thursday with no problems. The warning light wasn't identified, but was said to be unconnected to the rotor system.