Bristow Grounds S-76 Fleet After Offshore Helicopter Crash

Published at 04:50PM - 04/02/16

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.”

Bristow Nigeria

Wednesday’s crash comes only months after the company had another Sikorsky S-76C crash in Nigeria- also whilst conducting a routine crew change flight.

A total of 6 of the 12 onboard, 4 passengers and 2 crew, were killed in the incident, that occurred back in September 2015.

The NAIB put the likely cause of the incident down to a control system failure, brought about by a faulty ‘pushrod control arm’.