Based on the latest report from the Accident Investigation Board Norway, the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority has decided to suspend all use of H225.
This helicopter type has already been suspended from regular traffic following the tragic accident at Turøy on 29 April.
The restriction applies from 1 June and entails that all use of this helicopter for search, rescue and medical assignments (SAR) is suspended.
As the responsible party for preparedness in these areas, Statoil is obliged to ensure preparedness in compliance with applicable regulations.
Statoil has used H225 in its SAR emergency service from the Oseberg Field Centre, Statfjord B and at Sola. In these areas Statoil is mobilizing the necessary resources to safeguard the emergency preparedness.
In addition to one Sikorsky S92 at Sola and one at Flesland that are currently operational for any medical evacuation, Statoil has mobilized two additional stand-by vessels which are on their way to the fields.