The ban on all Super Puma flights remains in place in the UK and Norway despite the temporary suspension lift announced by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) last week.
“The UK Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that its existing restriction, prohibiting all commercial flying of this type by UK operators, is to remain in place,” the statement by the UK Civil Aviation Authority reads.
Super Puma Helicopter Ban Maintained in UK, Norway
The decision follows a fatal accident involving a Super Puma helicopter offshore Norway, on Friday 29 April, which is still being investigated by the Norwegian authorities.
The helicopter operated by CHC, crashed near Bergen while it was returning to land from a Statoil-owned offshore platform.
Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma
“We remain in close contact with all offshore helicopter operators to continue to assess the situation,” the UK Civil Aviation Authority added.
“We are united in our approach with the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority. Both agencies now await further information from the accident investigation before considering any future action,” the statement adds.
Super Puma Under Investigation
“The safety of those who travel on offshore helicopter flights is a key priority,” the Authority stated further.
“That’s why in 2014 the Civil Aviation Authority launched a comprehensive review of offshore helicopter flying, resulting in significant changes in safety that were welcomed by everyone involved,” it added.
The Authority explained further it will continue to work with helicopter operators, the offshore industry, international regulators, unions and pilot representatives in order to enhance the standards applied to offshore safety.
Airbus Helicopters, in its turn, had taken note of EASA’s suspension lift, saying the company is providing assistance to its customers to help them return their Super Puma aircrafts to service when it is appropriate.