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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.”
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by meaningless333
If you go just from 1998, the year after Norway suffered a fatal accident that claimed the crew of an AS331, it's even more staggering.
Based on information available so far, the CAA spokesman's statement said "we do not believe that the accident was caused by an airworthiness or technical problem." That means, in effect, that regulators feel the Eurocopter AS332 L2 variant with 18 people aboard was fit to operate that evening, before it started losing speed and altitude on approach to land at the field.
The latest U.K. government statement appears to shift the focus of the probe toward some type of pilot slip-up, fuel issue, navigation problem or other hazard not directly stemming from an onboard malfunction. The CAA emphasized that its statement came after its experts "have been in close touch" with investigators.
After starting to descend, the helicopter flew about a mile closer to the intended destination, according to investigators, and it was intact and upright when it entered the water. Both pilots survived.