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Offshore crash kills 13 in Norway

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2502

A helicopter carrying 13 offshore workers crashed in Norway last Friday killing all onboard. The tragedy underlined the dangers faced daily by offshore workers.

It emerged that the aircraft had its maintenance servicing delayed twice. Safety critical maintenance is being cut back in the industry as bosses seek to drive down conditions and maintain profits, creating even more dangerous conditions.

Without a fightback, more workers’ lives will be sacrificed for the profits of big oil.

In recent years a number of helicopter crashes involving Super Puma helicopters have seen growing calls for them to be taken out of service.

The British and Norwegian civil aviation authorities have grounded EC-225 Super Puma helicopters—the model involved in the crash.

Almost 13,000 people signed a petition calling for the model to be removed from service in just three days.

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Tue 3 May 2016, 16:44 BST
Issue No. 2502
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