Ex-Bond boss denies firm was under pressure in crash run-up

By Shona Gossip

Published: 08/01/2014

The former boss of Bond Offshore Helicopters has insisted the firm was not under pressure to meet contractual demands prior to a crash which left 16 men dead.

Ex-managing director William Munro told an inquiry yesterday that despite one of its helicopters being “wrecked” in another North Sea incident just six weeks before the 2009 Super Puma disaster – and another being grounded for maintenance – the company had not tried to make do with fewer machines.

Two pilots and 14 crew died when the AS332 L2 aircraft taking them from BP’s Miller platform to Aberdeen plunged into the North Sea.

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