Offshore Helicopter Safety Checks Ordered By EASA

Published at 08:15PM - 29/09/15

Safety checks have been ordered by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), to all life rafts fitted onto Super Puma helicopters.

The safety inspections centre on concerns that the firing mechanisms used to inflate the helicopter’s onboard life rafts could fail.

The Eurocopter EC225 Super Puma is used widely throughout the global offshore oil and gas industry, and heavily throughout Europe.

There have been a spate of offshore incidents involving the helicopter over the last few years, rustling at one point in the grounding of the aircraft across the UK offshore sector.

The EASA, have said that any coating covering the firing mechanism is able to make it jam, stopping the aircrafts life rafts from deploying if the heliports was to ditch in water offshore.

In a statement, the EASA said: ‘An occurrence was reported involving jamming of the bellcrank [and] investigation revealed that the jamming was caused by presence of foreign coating material in the bellcrank hole.’