Offshore Helicopter Safety
HC 289, Second Report of Session 2014-15 - Report, Together with Appendix and Formal Minutes Relating to the Report
- House of Commons - Transport Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The report 'Offshore Helicopter Safety (HC 289)' concludes that a full, independent, public inquiry must be convened to address whether commercial pressure from oil and gas companies affects the safety of offshore helicopter operations. This inquiry must also examine the role of the Civil Aviation Authority.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) investigation into the Sumburgh crash uncovered a number of serious issues. In particular, AAIB found pre-flight safety briefing did not accurately explain how to use the type of Emergency Breathing System supplied on the helicopter.
The Committee also concludes:
(i) Regulatory inertia at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is exposing offshore workers to unnecessary risk by slowing down the implementation of safety improvements;
(ii) There is no conclusive evidence that Super Puma variant helicopters (which make up some 60% of the UK offshore helicopter fleet) are less safe than other helicopters;
(iii) The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) review of the Sumburgh crash found that since 2008 more incidents were reported in Norway than in the UK despite the Norwegian fleet being smaller; and
(iv) The Government must push the European Aviation Safety Agency to implement changes recommended by the AAIB more rapidly.
In addition, the Committee urges the AAIB to keep crash survivors better informed on the progress of investigations in future; and for the CAA to meet survivors to hear their experiences and to consider their suggestions for safety improvements.
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