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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 7:54 pm    Post subject: Super Puma Ditched In North Sea 18 Feb 2009 Reply with quote

Sorry again to report another helicopter accident

It seems a super puma has ditched in the North Sea 120NM out of Aberdeen

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east/7898093.stm?lss
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh goodness me. Sad
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unconfirmed report that all personnel accounted for and either winched out of sea or onboard rescue vessel

Knicked from another forum.

I hope so.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weather in Central North Sea was sh!t today and has been all week. I got diverted to Kjevik (Kristiansand) after getting within 0.75nm of a rig and not seeing it!!!

Bond Jigsaw from Miller Platform scrambled along with CHC HS SAR from Ekofisk Complex. Most picked up by reascue boat from the ETAP field and 3 winched by helicopter. Appears to be a successful ditching, all crew and pax in liferafts.

Well done to the crew!

I sure am happy to be home tonight!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely well done to the crew; pax and emergency services. Sounds like a text book job.

It hasn't been a great month or so for aviation has it! There has been suggestion elsewhere that the machine involved was G-REDU, which is less than a year old!! What a waste.

Nice to see that it isn't just plank drivers who can park their ride in the drink and walk away though!! Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing job by the crew. Well done. That water must have been freezing and dark - very scary. Glad all were rescued and hope everyone involved is doing ok.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FLIR footage taken last night shows the aircraft floating upright in the water without a tailboom.

Passengers have arived back in Aberdeen and 3 helicoptered to ARI later released fit and healthy.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not so sure about "no tailboom" on those IR pictures.

(As is the BBC's way these days, I cannot see the images in question, as they insist on embedding video on the news pages, rather than stills... I'm prevented from watching video at work. Therefore, this is from my memory of what I saw on the telly this morning!)

How much heat would be in a tailboom? Would the IR camera to pick it up? I certainly didn't necessarily think the image I was looking at was devoid of tailboom. The cabin windows looked black to me, suggestion comparitive cold - the rotors were visible, because they were silhouetted against the heat from the engines.

Okay, so I might expect some heat in the tail rotor gearbox... maybe the tail rotor and gearbox has become detached? From memory, that's sort of happened before, in a similar area, with much the same result...!

And in any case, if it is missing, and is causal to the accident/incident, then by 'eck, they're very lucky people!! I can't imagine how uncontrollable that aircraft would be, without any kind of tail stabilisation!

I fully imagine as well, that it might be a bit nose heavy without a tail... the pictures I saw showed the heli relatively level!

I'd certainly like to see some daylight pictures to confirm/deny it.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i bet putting the immersion suits on is a right mare for the workers before leaving the rig - everytime they climb onto a heli they have to go through the motions of getting all that gear on... and then something happens like this ditching and i bet they're all so glad they did!

well done to the crew - job done
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The EC225 has had a string of problems of tailbooms cracking not long in to service. Bristows replced 2 tail sections on one 225. I am not saying that this is what happened.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Animalsticks it's not too bad. I've been offshore loads. Some manufacturers suits are better than others. The Shark suits are the best, they have a separate thermal insulation garment (TIG) which you put on first. The Heli Hansen suits are horrid though. They have a fleecy lining and sewn in boots and hood. They always stink of sweat as well and you have to put your shoes in a separate bag. Still, when your on your way home from a two or three week trip you'll do anything to get home.

You also used to have to wear a separate lifejacket and rebreather. Now you are issued with a LAPP jacket which conbines the two and is much more comfortable.
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rebreather - is that i mini air tank?
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Its a bag within the lifejacket. Basically if you know your going under you breathe in, pop a valve and then breathe out into the bag. The new ones also have a small compressed air cylinder which discharges into the bag when it contacts water. It gives you about 30 seconds of air to use in an escape situation.

When you do your offshore survival you get dunked in the HUET wearing one. You have to do it three times. Once where they fully submerge you, once where they fully submerge you and you have to knock out a window and escape and once where they turn you upside down and you have to knock a window out and escape.
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When you do your offshore survival you get dunked in the HUET wearing one. You have to do it three times. Once where they fully submerge you, once where they fully submerge you and you have to knock out a window and escape and once where they turn you upside down and you have to knock a window out and escape.[/quote]



...WHICH IS QUITE SCARY!!! Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've done the HUET course at Fleetwood Offshore Survival Centre, just for the experience. I didn't find it scary but I did get disorientated, so much so that I got confused and popped out the wrong side... somehow Confused

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