Super Puma accident, a witness from 2009 disaster springs out

Super Puma accident, a witness from 2009 disaster springs out

The declarations of a mechanic from the BP platform open new scenarios for the inquiry. "The helicopter crashed silently into the sea", he told to the enquirers

The investigation on the accident of Bond Offshore Helicoptersí Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Puma that took place in 2009 continues. On April 1st, 2009, the aircraft crashed into the North Sea. According to a new witness, the helicopter silently fell after losing its rotor blades. The deposition was made by Lidvar Olav Hildred, a mechanic from the BP platform from which the Super Puma had taken off.

According to a formal report published on November 24th, 2011, by British agency ABB (Air Accident Investigation Branch), the disaster was due to the collapse of the main rotor transmission, caused by a fatigue crack in one of the epicyclic modules. 14 people died.

"I saw an oblong figure falling down like a torpedo into the sea Ė told the witness -. The object was clearly a helicopter, but I couldnít believe what I was seeing. It silently crashed into the sea. When it touched the water surface, I saw a flame burn up, but I canít tell from which part it came from".

The only witness of the accident has sprung out almost 5 years after the accident in which the Super Puma AS332 L2 crashed into the North Sea, 190 kilometres from Aberdeen, in Scotland. 14 workmen of the oil tanker and two operators died. The aircraft had been used for transporting the workmen from the Kca Deutag Drilling in Aberdeen to British Petroleumís platform and vice versa.

After the accident, EASA planned several urgent inspections on the transmissions of both the AS332L2 Super Puma and the EC225LP Super Puma.