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Old 29th Apr 2016, 10:48   #1 (permalink)
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EC225 crash near Bergen, Norway April 2016

Helicopter crashes off Norwegian coast

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OSLO (Reuters) - A helicopter with 13 people on board has crashed off the west coast of Norway, rescue services and media reported on Friday.

Several people could be seen in the ocean, while the helicopter was on a small island, an eyewitness told news channel TV2.

TV2 images showed plumes of smoke rising from the site.

"Helicopter crash: Emergency services at the scene. Extent of damage unknown," the regional fire brigade said on Twitter.

Quoting local police, newspaper Verdens Gang said the helicopter had 13 people on board.

The area just west of Bergen, Norway's second largest city, sees frequent helicopter traffic to and from offshore oil installations.

(Reporting by Terje Solsvik and Stine Jacobsen)
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Eyewitness reports on nrk saying he looked up after hearing a strange noise then saw the rotor departing left and the chopper body dive over to the right.
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Old 29th Apr 2016, 11:08   #3 (permalink)

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Some reports says no survivors, other sources say some survivors in water.
Rotor blades came off in the air, then a violent explosion according to eye witness.
13 SOB.
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Old 29th Apr 2016, 11:15   #4 (permalink)
 
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EC225 crash near Bergen, Norway

An EC225 has crashed on an island a few NM west of Bergen, Norway at 1150 CEST. The helicopter was inbound Bergen from the oil drilling rig "Gullfaks B". The initial reports from the police state no survivors recovered so far. Number of pax not confirmed, but the local news claims 11 + 2 crew.

Eye witnesses report of the main rotor coming off in mid air, others claim the entire helicopter was spinning uncontrollably before it impacted the ground and exploded quite violently on the small island of Tury just west of Bergen airport.

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Very sad to hear this news. Not sure if there are any survivors. Even though I worked for the opposition for most of my 40 years + flying, I did contract for CHC. My thoughts are with you all who are affected by this terrible accident
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Helicopter carrying at least 14 crashes off Norway's west coast - World - CBC News

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13 on board. No survivors. Norwegian authorities reported on way from gulfaks B to Bergen
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Norway helicopter crash: Fatalities feared after chopper with 14 on board is "totally destroyed" in smash - Mirror Online

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Scarily reminiscent of 85N, albeit a 225 rather than L2. Horrendous. Sympathies and condolences to all involved and affected.
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Old 29th Apr 2016, 12:11   #10 (permalink)
 
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Sounds like G-REDL.

Super Puma, where the rotor gear box failed causing the rotor to detach.
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...and they were almost home.

If the rotor comes off in flight there won't be any survivors, simple as that.
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Old 29th Apr 2016, 12:39   #12 (permalink)


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Info from Flightrdar 24 suggest LN-OJF is the chopper.
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Old 29th Apr 2016, 12:47   #13 (permalink)

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Eye witness reported hearing a loud bang, or explosion, then pieces of the rotor came flying though the air, (some folks had to run so as to not get hit) then the helicopter came down on a rock, then rolled or fell into the water.
Some witness reported the rotor blades hit the ground after the helicopter came down.

Pure speculation: Could a big bird have caused this kind of damage, or a drone-collision?
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Could a big bird have caused this kind of damage, or a drone-collision?
Well it might be possible.

I think that catastrophic gearbox failure is more likely in this case. And it has happened before with pretty much the same result.
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How high would it have been flying on an rig-flight? assume well above those powerlines?

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Old 29th Apr 2016, 13:11   #17 (permalink)

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. Well it might be possible.

I think that catastrophic gearbox failure is more likely in this case. And it has happened before with pretty much the same result.
Well, the EC.225 Super Pumas are now grounded by Statoil. (The owner and operator of the oil rigs on the Norwegian side of the North Sea.)
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11 confirmed causalties so far and still no sign of the missing two. The fuselage is resting 6 meters below the surface but the main rotor has separated and is located on a nearby island.

Very grim indeed...
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How high would it have been flying on an rig-flight? assume well above those powerlines?

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At this distance from it's destination, the chopper would barely have started it's descent and so would have been a few thousand feet above any power lines.
Everything is speculation right now but I would think the cause will be found to be related to the EC225 and not any external factors.
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Oh how quickly the non-rotorheads ask stupid questions.
Lets just wait and see shall we.
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