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HSSG calls for super pumas to be grounded

28th August 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

The Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) has recommended all models of the Super Puma should be grounded for certain journeys.

It advised that the models should not be used for any commercial passenger flights to and from offshore oil and gas installations within Britain, with this advice being issued after one Super Puma was ditched in the sea off Shetland.

Allison Laws, chair of IOSH’s Offshore Group, said: “Despite the entirely understandable fears of those who fly offshore, it is precipitous to suggest getting rid of all Super Pumas right now, when there is no evidence yet about what went wrong.

Ms Laws went on to say that, while the urgency and extent of necessary improvements after accidents should be justified by what occurs, all the remedial actions should be linked to why the event happened.

She summarised that the immediate cessation of all commercial Super Puma flights is a “proportionate response”.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801630275-ADNFCR


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