3-May-2016 Source: EASA
EASA issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD), following the tragic accident which occurred in Norway on 29 April 2016 to an Airbus Helicopters EC 225 helicopter.
The partial information available so far indicate an in-flight separation of the main rotor from the main gearbox (MGB); an investigation is on-going to identify the root cause of the accident.
EASA AD requires, as a precautionary measure, to perform before next flight certain inspections on the fleet of EC 225 helicopters, and to report any discrepancy to both EASA and Airbus Helicopters.
This AD must be considered an interim action, further mandatory action may follow owing to investigation progress.