Expanded restrictions for EC225PL and AS332L2
The Norwegian CAA has, with immediate effect from June 1 2016, expanded the restrictions for operations with helicopters EC225PL and AS332L2. The restrictions now also apply to the use of these helicopter types in search and rescue (SAR) operations.
Following the tragic Norwegian Super Puma helicopter accident on Friday 29 April, the UK and Norwegian Civil Aviation Authorities have been working very closely and are united in their approach.
Shortly after the accident, both organisations introduced restrictions to the Airbus Helicopters EC225LP helicopter to prevent operators using it for commercial flights. This was extended on 11 May to include the AS332L2 Super Puma helicopter. Following a report by the Norwegian accident investigators on 1 June this has now been further extended to prohibit all flying by these helicopters (including search and rescue) until further information is available.
The accident remains under investigation by the Norwegian authorities and we remain in close contact with all offshore helicopter operators to continue to assess the situation.