UK Points at Offshore Helo Passenger, Survivor Unease

 - July 15, 2014, 2:25 PM

The UK Parliament’s transport committee has released a report on offshore helicopter safety that indicates passenger culture can be intimidating and crash survivors feel uncomfortable about their relationship with investigators. The report touches on “troubling evidence about a macho bullying culture,” with reports that offshore workers concerned about helicopter safety were told they should leave the industry.

Separately, the Members of Parliament met survivors who described their frustration that, since initial contact with the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), they have not been kept abreast of investigation developments. In some cases, they learned of AAIB findings through the media rather than being contacted beforehand.

The committee emphasized the stress survivors endure after an accident and suggested they should be briefed on upcoming announcements. It also pointed out passengers’ numerous practical suggestions for improving safety.

The report also criticizes the arrangement under which the EASA and UK CAA share responsibility, and it frowns on the pressure that commercial oil and gas companies exert on helicopter operators.