‘Blunder by engineers key crash factor’

By Keith Findlay

Published: 22/01/2014

The fatal accident inquiry into the North Sea Super Puma disaster has been told a blunder by the operator’s engineers was a key factor in the tragedy.

Their failure correctly to identify a tiny piece of metal found in the aircraft’s gearbox had “catastrophic” consequences.

A week after the discovery, Bond Flight 85N plunged into the sea like a “torpedo” – killing all 16 men on board – while returning from a BP platform in the Miller field.

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