A tragic accident happened off Norway this weekend. A Super Puma Helicopter carrying Oilfield workers going home from the Gulfaks B Platform on the Norwegian OCS crashed just before landing in Bergen.
All 13 on board died, 11 Norwegians, 1 Brit (Scotshman) and 1 Italian (The Pilot)
Here is the report in today’s gCaptain Newsletter: https://gcaptain.com/offshore-community-mourns-victims-of-helicopter-crash-in-norway/?utm_source=gCaptain+Newsletter&utm_campaign=d1246fc842-Mailchimp_RSS_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f50174ef03-d1246fc842-169863069
What is not mentioned here is that the entire rotor assembly came off in flight and was seen spinning to the ground intact, landing 2-300 m. from where the fuselage ended up:
This has never been happened before, says the head of Eurocopters UK, but has it?: http://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/i-2009-loesnet-denne-rotoren-fra-et-super-puma-helikopter/a/23672385/
One more thing that is not mentioned is that Statoil shut in production at Gullfaks B and sent Priests, Psychologists and Management personnel to the field to help the people out there overcome the trauma.
Statoil and the Norwegian Government promise that no effort or money will be speared to find the reason for this accident, the worst in the Norwegian Oil & Gas Industry since a helicopter crash killed 12 in 2009.
Let’s hope something good can come from this, not just big talk just after the event.