13-Jun-2014 Source: Airbus Helicopters
Today, the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) issued its final determination following its investigation into the causes linked to two controlled ditchings that occurred in the North Sea on May 10, 2012 and October 22, 2012 aboard EC225 helicopters.
Airbus Helicopters affirms the conclusions drawn in the report concerning the causes of the two controlled ditchings, and is working toward implementing those safety recommendations directed at the manufacturer. It must be noted that Airbus Helicopters did not wait for the publication of the report to address actions linked to the shaft failure and malfunction of the emergency lubrication system. All such actions noted in the AAIB report are already in place, through the implementation of precautionary measures on the EC225 fleet. Further, Airbus Helicopters’ redesigned and certified bevel gear shaft will begin its proactive retrofit on all EC225 helicopters starting the second semester of 2014, henceforth ensuring a permanent solution.
The safety of our fleet is our number one priority. We are committed to doing everything possible to ensure the safe operation of our aircraft for the thousands of operators and passengers who rely everyday on our helicopters around the world.