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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 72554
Last updated: 21 November 2017
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Date:18-FEB-2009
Time:18:35
Type:Silhouette image of generic EC25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter EC 225LP Super Puma Mk2+
Owner/operator:Bond Offshore Helicopters
Registration: G-REDU
C/n / msn: 2690
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 18
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near ETAP Offshore Installation, North Sea -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Aberdeen Airport (ABZ/EGPD)
Destination airport:ETAP Offshore Installation
Narrative:
Crashed into sea on night time approach approximately 300 metres southwest of the BP's ETAP offshore installation , 125 miles E of Aberdeen.

The crew’s perception of the position and orientation of the helicopter relative to the platform during the final approach was erroneous. Neither crew member was aware that the helicopter was descending towards the surface of the sea. The approach was conducted in reduced visibility. This degraded the visual cues provided by the platform lighting, adding to the strength of the visual illusions during the final approach. The two radio altimeter-based audio-voice height alert warnings did not activate.

The helicopter remained upright, supported by its flotation equipment which had inflated automatically. All those onboard were able to evacuate the helicopter into its liferafts and they were later rescued by air and maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) assets.

Wrecake for at Cranfield Univesity accident investigation lab.

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://www.gov.uk/aaib-reports/report-on-the-accident-to-eurocopter-ec225-lp-super-puma-g-redu-near-the-eastern-trough-area-project-etap-central-production-facility-platform-in-the-north-sea-on-18-february-2009
2. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=reg&fullregmark=REDU
3. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/north-sea-helicopter-crash-survivors-1010532
4. http://www.offshore.no/iphone/sak.aspx?id=50885
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurocopter_EC225_Super_Puma#Accidents_and_incidents
6. http://aerossurance.com/helicopters/commanders-flying-monitoring/
7. http://stv.tv/news/scotland/north/270147-pilots-blamed-for-oil-rig-helicopter-crash/
8. http://www.kathrynsreport.com/2011/09/eurocopter-ec225-lp-super-puma-g-redu.html
9. http://forum.scramble.nl/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=49227

Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 2011-057 issued by AAIB to ICAO
Safety recommendation 2011-058 issued by AAIB to EASA
Safety recommendation 2011-059 issued by AAIB to EASA
Safety recommendation 2011-061 issued by AAIB to EASA
Safety recommendation 2011-062 issued by AAIB to EASA
Safety recommendation 2011-064 issued by AAIB to EASA
Safety recommendation 2011-066 issued by AAIB to EASA
Safety recommendation 2011-067 issued by AAIB to FAA
Safety recommendation 2011-068 issued by AAIB to EASA
Safety recommendation 2011-070 issued by AAIB to EASA


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Feb-2010 02:29 TB Added
17-Feb-2010 10:25 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
18-Oct-2012 02:30 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Narrative]
18-Oct-2012 17:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
01-Nov-2012 07:40 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
13-May-2013 13:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code]
21-May-2013 15:01 TB Updated [Location, Source, Embed code]
03-Aug-2014 20:03 Aerossurance Updated [Nature, Narrative]
22-Aug-2014 10:18 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
03-May-2016 08:39 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
02-Nov-2016 17:56 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
03-Sep-2017 19:42 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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