Tragedy pilots ‘did not notice speed’
THE crew of a helicopter that plunged into the North Sea killing four people failed to notice its speed was dropping drastically seconds before it hit the water.
A new report by investigators has revealed that neither the pilot nor the co-pilot of the Super Puma realised how much it had slowed until it was too late. It was also in a “vortex ring state” – a dangerous condition that causes a severe loss of lift.
The CHC Helicopter-operated aircraft crashed off Shetland within sight of Sumburgh Airport earlier this year. The Super Puma L2 turned upside down when it hit the sea. Fourteen people were rescued.
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