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Bristow S76 Ditched in Nigeria today Feb 3 2016

Old 3rd Feb 2016, 11:44
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Bristow S76 Ditched in Nigeria today Feb 3 2016

A Bristow S76 has gone down near ExxonMobil's Erha. Far too early to speculate on the cause, so please don't. People have been sighted in a liferaft and a rescue operation is ongoing at present.

I wish my best to all involved and hope that everyone on board has got out okay.
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this is no good news for Bristow . But I thank God for no life was lost.
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From the Bristow website

NIGERIA, (February 3, 2016) – Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited, confirmed today that one of its helicopters, was involved in a water landing near Lagos at about 10.25 a.m. local time on return from an offshore platform. The aircraft, a Sikorsky S-76C++, had departed on a routine crew transfer flight offshore with nine passengers and a crew of two. All persons onboard are accounted for and in the process of being transferred to a nearby installation. The company is in the process of collecting pertinent information and will release more details as soon as it is available.

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Thank goodness it was a water landing and not a ditching. That would have been terrible.
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Here we go again...

Breaking - Bristow Helicopter Flying from Offshore Platform Ditches into Sea - Oil Industry News - Oil and Gas News
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Thumbs up here we go again

Another crash for a Bristow S76. Canīt say Iīm surprised though, with all the things that go on here backstage. Luckily everyone's ok this time...
Duncan Moore will be remembered as Bristow's MD with the most number of crashes during his term
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A water landing does not impact on Target Zero but a ditching would.
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Not a lost time incident as technically they are still at work offshore. But seriously, Glad to hear all ok.
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target zero BS

Yes, target zero, that is the only thing that bristow cares about. However it is only really a BS slogan used on their brochures, so they can hand them to clients and hang posters on the wall. Pretty soon they'll start having employee of the month contests like McDonalds.
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Agree 100%

Oh well another contract for Bond to pick up
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Yes, target zero, that is the only thing that bristow cares about
The operating companies (Bristow in this case) can come under immense pressure from the customer (oil company) to short cut requirements, whether they be regulatory, customer or company imposed. Far too easy to blame your own management. Bristow was faced with this problem on another contract, and it was because the oil company aviation adviser stood up to his own management that standards were maintained.

A standard threat made to aircrew in one company by an oil company was if you don't do what is asked you will lose the contract because not cutting corners would add expense.
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Bond picking up contracts? Because those guys have never crashed anything...?

It'll take more than a new paintjob... still cheap is good in this environment I guess.

Great to hear everyone is OK.
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Can you name one company who have never crashed? Ever?
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Kwikenz,

Whats the crash got to do with it, we were talking about target bullshit....
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Seriously.....Never ceases to amaze me that people will crawl out from under their rocks and start slinging shit when they have no idea what they are talking about. This ditching could have been due to a multitude of different possible events, any and all of which are unknown at this time.

Something like this could happen to any of us, any day, for reasons beyond anyones control, i.e. bird strike etc.

I'm glad that the pilots managed to make a safe ditching, and that all concerned are alive!!!!!

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Kudos for talking sense.
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I still believe it's too early for frivolous speculations.
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I still believe it's too early for frivolous speculations.
. It's always too early for that
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Target Shmero

Well, I am not speculating at all as I fly here in Nigeria for Bristow. I see everyday the sort of sh## that goes on here. Yet nothing, NOTHING is done to fix it. But rest assured that if one of the Target Zero posters at the entrance needs polishing or fixing, it will be done a.s.a.p.
What really amazes me is not that people crawl from under their rock to criticize what they see (most times true, although sometimes exaggerated) but that Bristow management, without knowing all the facts about the S76 ditching, hurried to issue a statement saying that everyone was safe after a "water landing". I'm surprised they did not add the word routine before "water landing". I know for a fact that when this statement was sent to the press, the facts about this ditching were not known. All they knew was where it had happened and that there were no fatalities.
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Added ABC article:

Nigeria's aviation regulatory agency is suspending operation of all Sikorsky model S-76C++ helicopters following two crashes in six months in the West African country, the director general said Thursday.

One helicopter crash-landed off an oil rig in the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday. Nine passengers and two crew members were rescued from the sea, emergency management officials said.

Another Sikorsky nose-dived Aug. 10 into a lagoon in Lagos, the commercial capital, killing six of the 12 people on board including the American pilot and Nigerian co-pilot.

The U.S.-made aircraft are operated in Nigeria by Bristow, a Houston, Texas-based company that provides air services to offshore oil and gas companies.

"The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has therefore decided to suspend the operation of the Bristow Helicopters Sikorsky S-76C++ type till further notice" pending "a full audit," director general Capt. Muhtar Usman said Thursday.

He said the temporary ban from Nigerian airspace took effect Wednesday. Bristow said in a statement that it has complied, calling the order "standard practice" following the "controlled water-landing."

But the helicopters were not suspended from service after the August accident.

In a preliminary report into that crash published in September, Nigeria's Accident Investigation Bureau said the control pushrod assembly had failed — the tube had separated from the control rod end with the bearing and the jamnut was loose. It described a fault that could lead to loss of control of the aircraft and recommended that Sikorsky "should consider a redesign of the affected control pushrod."

The Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. headquartered in Stratford, Connecticut, did not immediately respond to AP requests for comment.

Bristow said Wednesday's crash-landing occurred near Lagos. Nigerian officials said the chopper went down about 110 miles (175 kilometers) from Lagos in the Niger Delta. There was no quick way to resolve the discrepancy Thursday night.

Nigeria has suspended S-76C++ operations until Bristow is investigated.

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