Accident Eurocopter EC 225LP Super Puma Mk2+ LN-OJF, Friday 29 April 2016
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Date:Friday 29 April 2016
Time:11:55 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic EC25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Eurocopter EC 225LP Super Puma Mk2+
Owner/operator:CHC Helikopter Service
Registration: LN-OJF
MSN: 2721
Year of manufacture:2009
Fatalities:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Turøy just west of Sotra, near Bergen -   Norway
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Gullfaks B offshore installation
Destination airport:Bergen-Flesland Airport (BGO/ENBR)
Investigating agency: AIBN
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
Flight HKS241 impacted the rocky shoreline of the Turøy Island, off Norway. All thirteen occupants were killed. The helicopter operated on a round trip from Bergen-Flesland Airport, Norway to the Gullfaks B offshore installation in the North Sea. A video shot by an eyewitness show the main rotor falling, separated from the helicopter.
The recordings on the CVFDR showed that everything appeared to be normal until a sudden catastrophic failure developed in 1-2 seconds. The CVFDR recordings ended abruptly at the same time.

Probable Cause : "The accident was a result of a fatigue fracture in a second stage planet gear in the epicyclic module of the main rotor gearbox. Cracks initiated from a micro-pit at the surface and developed subsurface to a catastrophic failure without being detected."

- CAA Norway issued a Safety Directive on 29 April 2016, followed by one from the UK CAA, temporarily prohibiting the use of the EC225LP for commercial air transport.
- An Emergency AD was issued by EASA on 3 May 2016 with a second on 1 June 16 regarding suspension bar fittings.
- The AIBN issued a first Preliminary Report on 13 May 2016 (updated 2 weeks later and a third on 1 June 16). Following the third an EASA Flight Prohibition AD was issued.
- On 7 October 2016 EASA replaced the Flight Prohibition AD with a new AD that removed one type of bearing and introduced extra maintenance checks.
- On 7 July 2017 it was announced the remaining operational directives would be lifted.
- The AIBN final report was issued 5 July 2018 with 12 recommendations.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIBN
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 2 months
Download report: Final report


Sept 2019:

Data __________________________

Airbus Helicopters _______________________

CAA Norway (Luftfartstilsynet)_____________

EASA _______________________________

AIB-N ________________________________ (1 May 16) (2 May 16) (6 May 2016) (13 May 16) (updated preliminary report 27 May, 1 June and 28 June 16 and of 28 April 2017) (Final Report 5 July 2018)




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