Super Puma gearbox in lightning strike probe

By Ann-Marie Parry

Published: 09/01/2014

THE gearbox in the Super Puma helicopter involved in the 2009 North Sea disaster had been in another aircraft that was hit by lightning.

The fatal accident inquiry into the deaths of the 16 people killed when Flight 85N fell like a “torpedo” into the water was told the strike had been considered as a possible factor in the crash.

Bond Offshore Helicopters’ former director of engineering also revealed he had not been told about a problem with the AS332 L2’s gearbox until after the tragedy.

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