The Super Puma helicopter that crashed on Friday has killed four people. The helicopter was carrying 18 people from Borgsten Dolphin rig to Sum burgh airport in Shetland.
All the flights of Super Puma AS332 L2 have been suspended globally until further notice. CHC said that due to the recommendation given by aviation safety group, it has also suspended all the UK commercial flights of the other three model of the Super Puma range.
A meeting was held between the key offshore operators and contractors in Aberdeen where the contingency plans after the suspension of the flights were discussed.
Mr. Duncan Trapp, who operated the Super Puma, said that they are fully supporting the early stages of investigation into the incident and will provide their full cooperation.
He also said that his experienced team is trying its level best to keep the customers informed and is working tirelessly to support the passengers, their crewman and their families in the immediate aftermath. CHC said in a statement that right now they don’t know the cause of the incident.
The Helicopter Safety Steering Group has recommended resuming the flights of Super Puma only when sufficient factual information to support the decision becomes available.
The persons who died in the crash have been identified as Duncan Munro from Bishop Auckland, George Allison from Winchester Hampshire, Sarah Darnley from Eglin, Scotland and Gary Mc-Crossan from Inverness, Scotland.
An online petition was started on Facebook calling on the industry to stop using the helicopters. Thousands of people have signed the online petition.