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H175 “Declares an Emergency” North Sea

Old 27th Jun 2019, 04:47
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H175 “Declares an Emergency” North Sea

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Breaking: Airbus H175 Helicopter Declares an Emergency

A CHC Airbus H175 helicopter made an emergency landing in Aberdeen a short time ago after declaring an emergency while returning from offshore. Other aircraft were held in a circling patern over Aberdeen as the chopper came in to land at Dyce airport a little after 8.30pm.

The helicopter is of the same type as those grounded earlier in the week after a crack emerged in the horizontal stabilizer of a H175 operated by Babcock.

Airbus has been critisised after they only advised operators to fly at a slower speed rather than grounding the fleet. Responsible helicopter operators in Aberdeen however chose to ignore the Airbus advice and ground their aircraft while checks were carried out.

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Old 27th Jun 2019, 06:18
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Is this a rerun of what happened on the AS365 which had the VNE reduced from 175 to 150 for a while following the delamination of a horizontal stabiliser a few years ago?
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Old 27th Jun 2019, 09:20
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Is there any reason to believe that it is anything to do with the stabiliser?
Could be a simple spurious or real systems failure warning.
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Old 27th Jun 2019, 09:52
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Update

CHC issued the below response to Oil and Gas People when quizzed on the reason for the emergency landing. The company would not give any other details.

“Our crew, as they are trained to do, made a precautionary call for a priority landing when an intermittent warning light illuminated during the flight. The aircraft landed safely at Aberdeen and will now be inspected by engineers before returning to service.”

Contact [email protected] in confidence if you have information on this or any other industry related news.
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Old 27th Jun 2019, 13:08
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an OGP piece: already decided it is an emergency before figuring out what happened.
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Old 27th Jun 2019, 15:09
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MGB chip.... in an AIRBUS product.....
  1. Never-mind ECL declare emergency & get the hell on the ground
  2. Change uniform.
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Old 27th Jun 2019, 18:04
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In the eighties on the S76A if we had an MGB chip we just exercised the fuzz burner and carried on.
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Old 28th Jun 2019, 11:07
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Originally Posted by Fareastdriver View Post
In the eighties on the S76A if we had an MGB chip we just exercised the fuzz burner and carried on.
You little Tinker! That's because in the old days we did not have MGB failures, Lesbians, Global warming and Quinoa (whatever that is)
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Old 28th Jun 2019, 14:46
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And being vegan was thought to be a disease....
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Old 28th Jun 2019, 15:51
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Originally Posted by Fareastdriver View Post
In the eighties on the S76A if we had an MGB chip we just exercised the fuzz burner and carried on.

And with some aircraft you can still do that. For instance, with the AW139 you can activate the MGB fuzz burner three times in one flight. If the chip light clears the MGB is considered good. If after the third attempt to clear it the light is still on or the light clears but comes back, then action needs to be taken.

Perhaps the 175 has something similar but the light stayed on after the maximum number of fuzz burner attempts were made???
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Old 28th Jun 2019, 16:28
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I mentioned the stabiliser because of this sentence in the link
The helicopter is of the same type as those grounded earlier in the week after a crack emerged in the horizontal stabilizer of a H175 operated by Babcock.
I clearly didn't appreciate that this wasn't the cause of the 'emergency' doh!
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Old 28th Jun 2019, 18:41
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Perhaps the 175 has something similar but the light stayed on after the maximum number of fuzz burner attempts were made???
If he did then I am with the captain all of the way.
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Old 29th Jun 2019, 00:10
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No MGB fuzz burner on the 175, only on the engines.
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Old 29th Jun 2019, 09:41
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S92 fuzz burner activated 112-times in one trip without a single indication !
Maintenance thought the crew should like to know!!
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Old 29th Jun 2019, 17:07
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The S92 will try and burn any chip a max of 6 times, if the chip is still present then the caution will illuminate in the cockpit.

Of course there could be lots of minute particles present that may cause many fuzz burn events yet not produce a caution. Highly unusually though.

The system works. There is no fuzz burn on the CT7 engines though.

I'm really surprised there's no MGB fuzz burning on the H175. Can any 175 pilot confirm that's correct?
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Old 29th Jun 2019, 22:43
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See post #13
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Old 29th Jun 2019, 22:47
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Originally Posted by PlasticCabDriver View Post
No MGB fuzz burner on the 175, only on the engines.
That is..... Unusual. Exactly the opposite of the 139. It has chip burners on all the gearboxes but none of the engines.

When you consider that the 139 and H175 use the same engine, it is even more unusual.
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Old 2nd Jul 2019, 14:44
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At least Captain declared an emergency.
After a recent S-92 incident where they had to shutdown an engine, ATC had to remind them to declare an emergency ;-)
Maybe it wasn’t classified as an emergency because it wasn’t reported in the local media or Mr Molloy didn’t say it was?


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Originally Posted by EESDL View Post
At least Captain declared an emergency.
After a recent S-92 incident where they had to shutdown an engine, ATC had to remind them to declare an emergency ;-)
Maybe it wasn’t classified as an emergency because it wasn’t reported in the local media or Mr Molloy didn’t say it was?
Hear, hear EESDL.
There were at least three S92 pan calls in Aberdeen & Sumburgh over the last couple weeks. I might have missed it but I didn't see anything in the local Aberdeen rag (P&J) about those either.
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