Flight restrictions have been placed on a type of helicopter widely used in the North Sea.
It is understood a “crack” was detected on the “horizontal stabiliser” of an Airbus-made H175 belonging to the North Sea fleet of operator Babcock.
Babcock said its H175 flights had been “paused” while engineers carry out inspections “following a technical issue on one of its aircraft”.
Jamie John, Aberdeen base manager at NHV, whose fleet is entirely made up of H175s, said the aircraft had not been “grounded”.
But NHV has also decided to “pause” its flights as a safety precaution.