Helicopter heading back from oil platform crashes

A helicopter heading back from an oil field off the coast of Norway crashed outside of Bergen. Statoil said the CHC helicopter was carrying 13 people. It was en route from the Gullfaks B platform to Bergen. The oil and gas company said in a statement: “Statoil has temporarily grounded all equivalent traffic helicopters. The […]

National Grid gets new pylon-checking helicopter

National Grid has added another helicopter to its fleet which inspect pylons in England and Wales, the network operator announced today. It says the Bell 429 is the first of its model in the world to be equipped to work for a utility company. It is a replacement for an older model which is going […]

Helicopter safety group meet to discuss North Sea ditching

Oil and gas operators, regulators and offshore trade unions met earlier this week to discuss the recent helicopter ditching incident in the North Sea. The accident on Monday involved a CHC Super Puma helicopter making a “controlled ditching” between Orkney and Shetland whilst transporting workers from Aberdeen to a drilling rig. It was the fourth […]

Oil workers rescued as helicopter ditches in North Sea

Nineteen people were safely rescued after a helicopter ditched in the North Sea yesterday. The CHC Super Puma helicopter, which made a “controlled ditching” between Orkney and Shetland, was transporting workers from Aberdeen to West Phoenix drilling rig. The incident occurred at around 15.30pm yesterday off Fair Isle, around 32 miles south of Shetland. Nick […]

Helicopter ditches in North Sea

A helicopter carrying workers to an oil rig ditched into the sea 29 miles off the coast of Aberdeen earlier today. All of the 14 people on board, which included two pilots, have been confirmed as safely on land. The Bond helicopter carried out a “controlled landing on water”, said ConocoPhillips, while on its way […]

Helicopter patrols to inspect electricity substations

Electricity distribution company Central Networks will begin helicopter patrols this week to inspect some of its 750 primary substations across the Midlands. A helicopter fitted with thermal imaging equipment will be used to spot potential hazards and identify where future work may be needed in electricity substations across the region. The specialist cameras show a […]

Helicopters used for electricity inspections

Central Networks, the electricity distribution company for central England, is to inspect its power lines by helicopter. The company is this month carrying out a series of fly-by inspections of overhead lines across Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. Central Networks director of infrastructure services Jim O’Sullivan said: “Our engineers will be inspecting thousands of electricity poles and […]