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No helicopter safety inquiry

Issue No. 2428

The government said last week that there would be no independent public inquiry into offshore helicopter safety. 

This was in response to the transport select committee’s call to “investigate commercial pressures on helicopter safety in the North Sea operating environment”.

It said a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) review in February was insufficient and called for a full public inquiry.

The CAA review was conducted after a helicopter ditched into the sea off the coast of Shetland in August last year, killing four workers onboard. It was the fifth such incident in four years. 

The Tories claim there is “no evidence” that UK operations are any less safe than other countries’, particularly Norway”.

Norway has had no helicopter deaths since an accident in 1997 killed 12 people.

But on the British side 38 people have died in that time—20 in the last five years.

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Tue 4 Nov 2014, 17:44 GMT
Issue No. 2428
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