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Tributes paid to Super Puma victims on 5th anniversary of helicopter crash

The families of 16 men killed in the 2009 Super Puma disaster gathered at an emotional memorial service to mark the fifth anniversary of their deaths yesterday.

Candles were lit for each of the workers at the Oil Chapel in the Church of St Nicholas Uniting in Aberdeen.

There were tears as relatives, including children, placed hurricane lamps in the middle of the room to represent each of the lives lost.
April 2, 2014
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Five-year wait for Super Puma inquiry ‘was unacceptable’, admits minister

A UK Government minister has admitted it was ai???unacceptableai??? for the families of 16 men who died in a North Sea helicopter crash to have to wait five years for a fatal accident inquiry.

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill told MPs that the delay in compiling a report on the 2009 disaster off Peterhead was due to ai???very real considerationai??? being given to prosecutions.

The findings of the fatal accident inquiry were published last week.
March 18, 2014
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MP ‘deeply disappointed’ by decision not to hold helicopter safety inquiry

A north-east MP says he is disappointed a public inquiry will not be held to examine the issue of offshore helicopter safety in the North Sea.

Frank Doran has repeatedly called for a judge-led investigation into the five helicopter incidents which have happened in the last five years.

He wrote to MP Louise Ellman, chairwoman of the House of Commons transport select committee, to raise his concerns.
March 17, 2014

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    Bond boss pledges safety improvements

    The boss of Bond Offshore Helicopters said yesterday he was ai???very sorryai??? about the tragedy and pledged to continue to strive for further safety improvements.

    Managing director Luke Farajallah said the company would take time to fully study the determination from Sheriff Derek Pyle, which identified three main failings on the part of the aviation firm.

    Sheriff Pyle found it was ai???possibleai??? that the accident might have been avoided if Bond had correctly followed maintenance manuals and communicated more effectively with manufacturer Eurocopter.
    March 14, 2014

    Super Puma FAI: Fatal 2009 crash could have been avoided, inquiry finds

    An inquiry into a North Sea helicopter crash that killed 16 men has found that the crash could have been avoided.

    Fourteen oil workers and two crew died when a Bond Super Puma plunged into the water off the Aberdeenshire coast on April 1, 2009.

    Click here for our full coverage of the Super Puma crash fatal accident inquiry
    March 14, 2014
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    New lighting system for offshore helidecks in wake of Super Puma crash

    North Sea oil and gas firms are introducing new helideck lighting systems which will become mandatory for all offshore installations from March 2018.

    The move follows recommendations in an Air Accidents investigation Branch (AAIB) report into a helicopter crash, when an aircraft ran into heavy fog in February 2009.

    The AAIBai??i??s findings from the non-fatal crash led to a 2013 revision of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)ai??i??s regulatory standards for offshore helicopter landing areas, which included the requirement for new lighting.
    March 4, 2014
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