Bid to improve safety of North Sea
helicopter journeys announced

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Major changes to improve the safety of North Sea helicopter operations, including prohibiting flights in the most severe conditions, have been announced by aviation regulators.

The changes include amendments to the seating of passengers, improved breathing equipment, changes to pilots’ training and equipment improvements.

Announced by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the measures follow a series of North Sea helicopter crashes in recent years including last August’s Super Puma tragedy in which four people died and the April 2009 Super Puma disaster which claimed 16 lives.

 

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