North Sea Super Puma helicopter grounded after safety alert over fuel

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A SUPER Puma helicopter operating in the North Sea was at the centre of a safety alert yesterday – two weeks after the pilots of another one were forced to make a controlled ditching.

CHC Helicopters confirmed that one of the company’s fleet of Super Puma AS332L2 aircraft had been returned to Aberdeen by barge as a precautionary measure after concerns were raised about fuel samples, following refuelling onboard a North Sea platform.

A company spokeswoman said: “Routine fuel samples were found to be unsatisfactory and the decision to bring the aircraft back by sea was made. There was no risk to crew or passengers at any time. The aircraft will be subjected to rigorous engineering checks before being returned to service.”

She added: “Safety is CHC’s first priority and we continue to work diligently with helicopter manufacturers, other operators and aviation regulators to ensure the highest possible safety standards for our fleets.”