Eurocopter Absolves Bond of North Sea EC225 Ditching

AINsafety » July 2, 2012
July 2, 2012, 4:20 PM

Eurocopter released a statement on June 15, absolving the UK’s Bond Offshore Helicopters of responsibility for the May 10, 2012 ditching of an EC225 Super Puma into the North Sea.

The helicopter lost power after the rupture of a lubrication pump drive shaft. With no oil pressure to the main gearbox, the helicopter’s main rotor shaft eventually cracked in flight, forcing the water landing. All 14 people on board were rescued uninjured.

In addition to taking responsibility for the accident, Eurocopter praised the two pilots for their professionalism in setting the helicopter down safely.

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