- Tragic and alarming

22.11.2013 15:40:00

Henrik Solvorn Fjeldsbø of Indusrtry Energi is concerned about the alarming trend of many helicopter accidents on the British shelf.

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In August, a Super Puma L2 from CHC Helicopters crashed in the sea outside Sumburgh, Shetland. Four people died. Industri Energi's National Officer Henrik Solvorn Fjeldsbø is concerned by the frequent helicopter accidents on the British shelf.

There have been five accidents with helicopters from the Eurocopter Super Puma family (L2 and EC225) on the British shelf since 2009. There were no helicopter accidents on the Norwegian shelf during the same period.

- This was the fifth crash on the British shelf during the past four years. This makes it naive to blame the events on chance. Sintef's helicopter study from 2010 shows that helicopter safety on the Norwegian shelf is considerably better. The study attributes this to cultural differences between the countries, he says.

The last fatal accident in Norway involving an offshore helicopter was in 1997, when a Super Puma helicopter crashed near the Norne field in the Norwegian Sea. All 12 people on board died.

Fjeldsbø says that Industri Energi has always had a great focus on helicopter safety.

- It is important to us that the members are safe, and feel safe, when they travel to their workplace by helicopter, he says.