Airbus Helicopters expresses its deep regret for the tragedy which claimed the lives of 13 people off Turøy in Norway in 2016 and we offer our sincere and profound sympathies to the bereaved families.
Airbus Helicopters welcomes the lifting of the H225 and AS332 L2 flight ban by the UK & Norwegian national aviation authorities.
The safety case, originally approved by EASA in October 2016, has subsequently seen additional Airbus Helicopters’ improvements as a result of the learnings from the investigation which have, as is standard, been reinforced with EASA Airworthiness Directives.
Today, pending any further findings by the AIBN, this safety case is based on a design change addressing fatigue failure, improved spalling detection and increased reliability. This has been achieved with a series of measures including:
This is the result of learnings from the investigation and the need to raise the bar in safety across industry to ensure that the strictest safety requirements are met.
Although Airbus Helicopters welcomes the lifting of the H225 flight ban by Norwegian and UK aviation authorities, we understand that this will not necessarily result in immediate passenger flights as there is a lot of work to be done to restore confidence in the aircraft.
Airbus Helicopters will continue to work on supporting the aircraft’s return to operations as and when required by customers.