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Pilots demand safety summit in clamour to ground Super Puma

By Gillian Bell

Published: 13/04/2009

Pilots yesterday demanded top-level talks on helicopter safety as unions made a fresh plea for all Super Puma L2s to be grounded in the wake of the North Sea crash which killed 16 men.

The British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa) called for the helicopter safety summit after an initial Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report revealed a gearbox problem had been detected in the doomed Bond aircraft a week before the crash.

Balpa wants all parties in the North Sea industry, including unions and regulatory authorities, to come around the table.

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