Choppers grounded following death crash probe

Two models of Super Puma helicopter were grounded tonight following the latest report into the North Sea crash which claimed 16 lives earlier this month.

Industry body Oil and Gas UK said 25 helicopters in the UK offshore fleet were affected by the decision.

It came after an Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report released earlier today ordered further and “urgent” inspections on helicopter gearboxes.

The AS332L2 Super Puma, which was involved in the most recent crash on April 1, was grounded tonight, Oil and Gas UK said.

The EC225LP Super Puma, which was the helicopter which crashed in the North Sea on February 18 in an accident which all 18 on board survived, was also taken out of use.

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