posted on Aug, 31 2013 @ 11:29 AM
Within hours of the latest North Sea helicopter crash, oil workers took to social media, in a campaign dubbed "Destroy the Super Pumas". Almost
40,000 people have given their support to the campaign. According to the Facebook page, oil workers are afraid to fly in the helicopters, due in part
to them being difficult to escape from if you aren't sitting next to a window or door.
The ban on them that was put in place after the latest crash has already been lifted. At the time of the accident, the aircraft had only recently
begun flying again after a nine month ban, after problems with the vertical shaft in the main gearbox were discovered.
The HSSG said:
The HSSG says it is “satisfied that there is no reason to believe there is an inherent mechanical problem with any of the AS332L/L1, AS332L2 or
EC225 helicopter types.” CHC, which returned AS332L2s to operations outside the U.K. Aug 29, says: “From what we know so far about the Sumburgh
incident, as well as tens of thousands of hours of experience with this aircraft, it is apparent there is not a fundamental problem with AS332L2
aircraft that led to this accident.”
There have been five accidents of Super Puma helicopters in the last four years, with 20 fatalities between two accidents.
At least one company has temporarily hired ships to move the crews, but the long term viability of that is not good. Interestingly Norway also flies
the types mentioned, but has a much better safety record when you compare the two (no word on sortie numbers though).
Social Media vs Super Puma