Bristow grounds S-76 fleet after an offshore helicopter crashed Wednesday off Nigeria with 11 personnel onboard.
The move has come at the request of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), who requested that Bristow ground its entire fleet of Sikorsky S-76C family aircraft it operates out of the country.
Offshore Helicopter Crash
The NCAA have confirmed that their investigation has started into the incident in which the Bristow operated Sikorsky S-76C helicopter ditched in to the sea approximately 75 nautical miles off the nigerian coast.
The helicopter was conducting a routine crew change flight, Wednesday 3rd February, with 9 offshore workers and 2 crew onboard when it went down.
All personnel onboard the helicopter at the time of the incident are believed to be accounted for and back onshore, with only minor injuries suffered.
In a statement, a spokesman for Bristow said: “We are continuing to cooperate fully with the NCAA and the Nigerian Accident Investigation Bureau (NAIB) in its investigation concerning the Bristow helicopter that was involved in the controlled water landing near Lagos on Feb. 3, 2016.”