EASA expresses its deepest sympathies to the families of the tragic accident of an Airbus Helicopters EC225 which occurred in Norway on 29 April 2016.
We welcome the intention of the UK and Norway Civil Aviation Authorities to remove the restrictions that prevent operators to use the Airbus Helicopters H225LP and AS332L2 models in the UK and Norway. This move comes after a decision by EASA to approve additional design changes and modifications made by Airbus Helicopters to the aircraft type and its maintenance, as we are learning from the ongoing investigation conducted by the Accident Investigation Board of Norway (AIBN).
Patrick Ky, EASA’s Executive Director said: " our mission and priority is safety: we have taken all the measures and decisions to protect the safety of Oil and Gas personnel. EASA will continue to provide full support to the AIBN investigation and to work closely with Airbus Helicopters as the investigation progresses."