Technical records for week leading up to copter crash highlight ‘number of discrepancies’
A senior air accident investigator has told an inquiry that Bond Offshore Helicopters did not keep maintenance records “by the book” in the week leading up to a fatal crash involving one of its aircraft.
Mark Jarvis, senior engineering inspector for the Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB), said there were a “number of potential issues” with the operator’s records relating to extra checks due to have been completed on the doomed Super Puma AS332 L2.
The inquiry heard previously that additional inspections were ordered after a particle of metal was found in the helicopter’s magnetic chip detector in the epicyclic gearbox module on March 25, 2009 – a week before the aircraft plunged into the North Sea, killing all 16 people on board.
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