UK:Pilots demand to know why helicopters fall from sky

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A committee into helicopter safety has heard that oil workers feel unable to raise safety concerns. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

by FRANK URQUHART Updated on the 28 January 2014
00:47   Published 27/01/2014 22:02

LEADERS of Britain’s offshore and pilots’ unions yesterday called for a judicial review to discover why “helicopters keep falling out of the sky” in the UK sector of the North Sea.

MPs on Westminster’s powerful transport select committee heard concerns about the safety of offshore flights in Britain’s oil and gas industry had heightened as a result of the Super Puma crash off Shetland last August in which four oil workers were killed – the fifth incident involving helicopters in the British sector in four years.

Captain Colin Milne, of the helicopter affairs committee of pilots’ union Balpa, warned the decision to make the European Aviation Safety Agency the “overarching authority” for aviation safety in Europe could lead to a reduction in Britain’s “gold standard” approach to helicopter operations in the North Sea.

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