A helicopter that crashed in offshore Norway last week while carrying nearly a dozen oil workers was reportedly repaired twice in the days before the deadly accident.
In a statement to the Press Association seen by the Guardian, CHC, the operator of the aircraft, said that the Super Puma helicopter returned to base last Tuesday after a warning light turned on.
A part of the aircraft was replaced but the helicopter had to return to base during a test flight to have another unspecified part replaced after the warning light turned back on.
CHC told the Press Association that the aircraft completed six commercial flights with no problems reported the day before the crash.
“At all times, CHC has met or exceeded the requirements of our regulatory authorities and our customers, and continues to offer a compliant service. Speculation about the cause of the accident is unhelpful and we must also be careful to respect the feelings of the families who perished in the tragic events of Bergen,” CHC said.
The helicopter was travelling from Statoil’s Gulfaks B platform to Bergen, Norway on Friday when it crashed outside Turøy in the Fjell municipality.
The company has not disclosed if production has been restarted.
There were two pilots and 11 passengers on board the helicopter.
Production at Gulfaks B was temporarily shut down on Friday and emergency personnel were sent out to assist those on board.
Norway’s Statoil confirmed on Monday that all 13 people on board the helicopter died during the accident.
The Accident Investigation Board in Norway will investigate the accident, and Statoil said it will contribute to the investigation.
Statoil will also start its own investigation in cooperation with the employee representatives and safety delegates.
The company’s investigation will be coordinated with the work of the Accident Investigation Board.
Statoil temporarily grounded all equivalent traffic helicopters on Friday.
“Finding an answer to why the helicopter crashed is very important, both to the next of kin and to all who have the Norwegian continental shelf as their work place. The safety of everyone working for Statoil is the most important thing for us,” Statoil’s President and CEO Eldar Sætre said.
The names of the victims and the companies they worked for are:
Ole Magnar Kvamme (Statoil)
Arild Fossedal (Aker Solutions)
Odd Geir Turøy (Aker Solutions)
Lyder Martin Telle (Aker Solutions)
Michele Vimercati (CHC)
Olav Bastiansen (CHC)
Iain Stuart (Halliburton)
Behnam Ahmadi (Halliburton)
Otto Mikal Vasstveit (Halliburton)
Tommas Helland (Halliburton)
Kjetil Wathne (Karsten Moholt AS)
Espen Samuelsen (Welltec Norway)
Silje Ye Rim Veivåg Kroghsæter (Schlumberger)
“There are employees in Statoil that have lost a dear friend and colleague, but all of us share the family’s grief and we express our deepest sympathies during this difficult time,” Sætre said on Monday.