The tangled wreckage of an Airbus Super Puma helicopter that crashed near Bergen a week ago, killing all 11 offshore oil workers on board plus its two pilots, has been transported to Norway’s accident investigation agency in Lillestrøm, northeast of Oslo. The search continued through the weekend, meanwhile, for any remaining pieces of the helicopter at the crash site on the island ot Turøy.
“We have the facilities and the equipment (in Lillestrøm) that are best-suited to assist in the ongoing investigation,” Kåre Halvorsen of the agency Havarikommisjonen. Eight state inspectors at the agency will, along with other experts, work for the next year at least to find out why the helicopter’s rotary blades separated from the aircraft itself.
Inspectors continued to comb the rocky island with metal detectors over the weekend, looking for more clues. The Norwegian subsidiary of the company operating the helicopter, CHC Helikopter Service, reported, meanwhile, that it did not expect to be directly affected by its parent company’s bankruptcy filing last week.
Arne Roland, chief executive of CHC in Norway, told newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) that he thinks the parent company CHC Group will be able to reorganize operations under the bankruptcy code. He couldn’t say exactly what the bankruptcy filing will mean for the Norwegian operations, but he claimed its operations were excluded from the bankruptcy reorganization.
“It’s important for us to stress that the process CHC Group is now in won’t affect the operations or status of CHC Helikopter Service in Norway,” Roland told DN. “Nor will it have any consequences for the families of the (crash) victims, who regardless are covered by insurance.”