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Unite ‘welcomes’ Super Puma accident report

Unite ‘welcomes’ Super Puma accident report

05 July 2018

Unite the union today (Thursday 4 July) has welcomed the findings of Norway’s Accident Investigation Board (AIBN) report into the Airbus Super Puma helicopter that killed 13 people in April 2016.

The AIBN report concluded the fatal crash off the Norwegian coast was a result of metal ‘fatigue fracture’ in the helicopter’s gearbox. Among the recommendations the AIBN has made is that the manufacturers Airbus should take another look at the design of the main gearbox of the Super Puma and the EU Commission must strengthen the information access which investigators should have in the event of a crash. 

Unite regional officer Tommy Campbell said: “We welcome this extremely important and thorough report by Norway’s Accident Investigation Board. It confirms what we have always known which is that Airbus is fully responsible for this fatal accident and the report’s findings will reinforce the stand being taken by offshore workers that the North Sea must remain Super Puma free.”  

ENDS  

For further information, please contact Unite regional officer Tommy Campbell on 07810157920. 

Notes to editors: 

  • Unite launched a Back Home Safe 2017 petition which called for a halt to the reintroduction of the Airbus Superpuma model into service and the permanent cessation of commercial operations in the UKCS until the root cause of the gearbox problem is found and a full investigation is complete.