The helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky has grounded all the S92 helicopters worldwide for precautionary inspections of the pitch change shafts.  The decision was made in the wake of an accident that happened at the end of December on the West Franklin platform operated by Total in the UK North Sea, at 130 miles west of Aberdeen. The CHC Sikorsky S92 with nine passengers on board and a crew of two had to make an emergency landing following a technical fault experienced as the vessel was about to land. The helicopter landing gear and the helideck were damaged during the landing.
The decision was made by Sikorsky as a precautionary measure and the S92 are expected to resume operations after completing the requested inspections. There are currently 30 S-92s in use in the North Sea. (Image: CHC)