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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 150256
Last updated: 24 June 2021
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Date:01-APR-2009
Time:12:55 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AS3B model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter AS 332L2 Super Puma Mk2
Owner/operator:Bond Offshore Helicopters
Registration: G-REDL
MSN: 2612
Fatalities:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:11 nm NE of Peterhead, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:BP Miller platform, North Sea
Destination airport:Aberdeen Airport (ABZ/EGPD)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
The accident occurred whilst the helicopter was operating a scheduled passenger flight from the Miller Platform in the North Sea, to Aberdeen. Whilst cruising at 2,000 ft amsl, and some 50 minutes into the flight, there was a catastrophic failure of the helicopter’s Main Gearbox (MGB) second stage planet gear in the epicyclic module.

The helicopter departed from cruise flight and shortly after this the main rotor and part of the epicyclic module separated from the fuselage. The helicopter then struck the surface of the sea with a high vertical speed.

The actions taken following the discovery of a magnetic particle on the epicyclic module chip detector on 25 March 2009, 36 flying hours prior to the accident, resulted in the particle not being recognised as an indication of degradation of the second stage planet gear, which subsequently failed.

Sources:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2535958/Super-Puma-crashed-North-Sea-killing-16-men-declared-fit-service-day-tragedy-inquiry-heard.html
2019: https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/father-of-pilot-killed-in-north-sea-disaster-breaks-silence-on-anniversaryi-fear-nothing-has-changed-i-fear-it-could-happen-againsixteen-lives-cut-short/

AAIB________________________
https://www.gov.uk/aaib-reports/aaib-investigation-to-eurocopter-as332l2-super-puma-g-redl-special-bulletin-s5-2009
https://www.gov.uk/aaib-reports/2-2011-aerospatiale-eurocopter-as332-l2-super-puma-g-redl-1-april-2009
http://www.scotland-judiciary.org.uk/10/1244/Fatal-Accident-Inquiry---Super-Puma-Helicopter-Crash
https://www.gov.uk/aaib-reports/annual-safety-report-2012


Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report
Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 2009-48 issued by AAIB to Eurocopter
Safety recommendation 2009-50 issued by AAIB to Eurocopter
Safety recommendation 2009-51 issued by AAIB to Eurocopter
Safety recommendation 2011-034 issued by AAIB to EASA
Safety recommendation 2011-036 issued by AAIB to EASA
Safety recommendation 2011-041 issued by AAIB to EASA
Safety recommendation 2011-042 issued by AAIB to CAA
Safety recommendation 2011-045 issued by AAIB to EASA
Safety recommendation 2013-006 issued by AAIB to EASA
Safety recommendation 2013-007 issued by AAIB to FAA

Media:


Images:

Photo of G-REDL courtesy AirHistory.net


Aberdeen - Dyce (EGPD / ABZ)
17 January 2009; (c) Mark McEwan

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Oct-2012 03:18 TB Added
18-Oct-2012 08:04 TB Updated [Source, Narrative]
18-Oct-2012 16:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
01-Nov-2012 08:00 TB Updated [Time, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
04-Mar-2013 12:44 TB Updated [Plane category, ]
09-Jan-2014 08:20 MarkStep Updated [Source]
03-Aug-2014 19:13 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
25-Aug-2014 13:21 TB Updated [Location, Narrative]
24-Oct-2015 15:39 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
28-Jun-2016 21:26 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
31-Mar-2019 10:55 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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