Industry Group Says U.K. Super Puma Flights Should Be Suspended

All Super Puma helicopter flights to and from offshore U.K. oil and gas installations should be suspended, an industry safety lobby said.

Flights should only resume when there is “sufficient factual information to support the decision,” Step Change in Safety said in a statement yesterday. Oil & Gas U.K., a lobby group, has arranged a meeting of industry contractors tomorrow to discuss the implications of the suspension and how to minimize its impact.

Four people died when a helicopter carrying 18 people for Total SA crashed into the sea off the Shetland Islands on Aug. 23. The aircraft was operated by CHC Helicopter Corp., which transports oil and gas platform workers in the area. CHC has suspended all flights from Aberdeen as a mark of respect following the crash, the company said in a statement yesterday.

The Sea Puma is made by the Eurocopter unit of European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co.

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