Eight Die in the name of Oil

Eight dead as helicopter crashes

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		                 			             			         				 				 			     			 	      	[B]At least eight people have died after a helicopter with 16 people on board crashed into the North Sea.[/B]  	  	

A major search was launched after the Bond Super Puma came down about 15 miles off Peterhead on the Aberdeenshire coast, at about 1400 BST.
Police later said eight bodies had been recovered and the eight others were still missing.
The crashed helicopter was returning from BP’s Miller field, 168 miles north east of Aberdeen.
RAF spokesman Michael Mulford said three helicopters and a Nimrod had been sent to the scene.
He said: "We understand there was a mayday call involving this helicopter and then silence.
“That is an ominous combination.”

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				 			                 			                      			                    Four-bladed helicopter used primarily by offshore oil firms

Capacity: Up to 25 passengers
Crew: 2
Max. speed: 278 km/h (172.7mph)
Range: 776 km (482 miles)

		                 			             			         				 				 			     			 	      	The crash comes less than two months after a Super Puma helicopter with 18 people on board ditched in the Etap field 125 miles east of Aberdeen. 
  	All those on board survived the crash on 18 February. 
  	Helicopter operator Bond confirmed one of its aircraft was involved in the latest incident. It carried 14 passengers and two crew. 
  	Two liferafts were spotted in the water, and were both overturned. All on board would have been wearing survival suits. 
  	Head of fleet operations at the RNLI, Hugh Fogarty, said weather conditions in the area were believed to be good. 
  	He added that the temperature in the North Sea was thought to be around 5C at this time of year. 
  	"People who travel on these helicopters to and from the rigs wear proper immersion suits," he added. 
  	"The survival time, with the proper equipment, could be a number of hours. We are certainly not giving up hope yet." 
  	Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said: "For the families concerned, it's an appalling tragedy and also for everybody who's worried at this moment, about whether their loved ones have been caught up in this tragedy. 
  	"The whole nation expresses its condolences for those who have been tragically killed in this disaster." 
  	Mr Salmond, who represents north east constituencies, cancelled a planned trip to the Scotland's World Cup qualifier against Iceland to go to the Grampian Police headquarters in Aberdeen. 
    	     

 	Aviation expert Jim Ferguson on the safety record of the Bond Super Puma'

   	Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: "This has been a tragic day in the North sea and my thoughts are with the relatives of those who have lost their lives in this crash. 
  	"It is at times like these that we remember the risk and the dangers that people have to undergo working to meet our energy needs. 
  	"My thoughts are with the families and my thoughts are also with those who are doing their best to deal with the consequences of this crash, all those in our hospital services and all those who are on sea and on land trying to help those who have been under difficulty." 
  	Jake Molloy of the OILC union said: "When helicopters hit the water hard it is inevitable you will have fatalities. No amount of training can prepare you for a heavy landing in the sea. 
  	"These aircraft are designed with lightweight equipment and heavy engines on top. They are simply not designed for going into the sea hard." 
  	An NHS Grampian spokeswoman said the major incident plan, which had been launched at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, had now been stood down. 
  	"We are not expecting anyone in at this moment in time," she said. 
  	"We will reassess that situation if it changes." 
  	An emergency telephone number has been set up by BP for concerned relatives - on   	[B]01224 836479[/B]  	.

It’s sad, but it’s a dangerous business, sustaining the worlds energy lust.

Indeed, those SUPER PUMA choppers are something though. Max. speed of 172mph!!

Yeah I have been on them. And the Sykorsky and a few different Bell’s

A helicopter crash is also much more surviveable so far as air travel accidents. Lot’s of folks have walked away from them.

They’re like Bees…Technically it makes no sense that they are even flying, and to thet end they are just barely doing that:p

[quote=“BadBoy@TheWheel, post: 1082640”]Yeah I have been on them. And the Sykorsky and a few different Bell’s

A helicopter crash is also much more surviveable so far as air travel accidents. Lot’s of folks have walked away from them.

They’re like Bees…Technically it makes no sense that they are even flying, and to thet end they are just barely doing that:p[/quote]

where’d you spend that much time on the helicopters? I work IT for a big company in Houston, TX, and we had to take the survival training, but I have yet to actually fly out to a rig.

Truth be told, I really have no desire to. Pictures will suit me just fine.

Sad. Very sad.

[quote=“sofia76, post: 1082641”]where’d you spend that much time on the helicopters? I work IT for a big company in Houston, TX, and we had to take the survival training, but I have yet to actually fly out to a rig.

Truth be told, I really have no desire to. Pictures will suit me just fine.[/quote]

You don’t HAVE to be in the energy industry to be on a helicopter;)

It helps…But not the only reason. I have been on several Lear Jets as well…Corporate and private owned:D

[quote=“BadBoy@TheWheel, post: 1082643”]You don’t HAVE to be in the energy industry to be on a helicopter;)

It helps…But not the only reason. I have been on several Lear Jets as well…Corporate and private owned:D[/quote]

don’t use helicopter, swim to oil platform…

[quote=“BadBoy@TheWheel, post: 1082643”]You don’t HAVE to be in the energy industry to be on a helicopter;)

It helps…But not the only reason. I have been on several Lear Jets as well…Corporate and private owned:D[/quote]

never said I was in the energy industry. :wink:

Matter of fact, I’m not. Geophysical. But we got a bunch of clients in the energy industry, and a lot of the IT crew will ‘opt’ to spend a few months a year out on a boat or on a rig for the extra pay.

Not this girl. I actually (and stop laughing) got seasick on a boat that was tied to another boat that was tied to the dock. :slight_smile:

And the ‘toilets’? One one of our ships they had actually posted a handwritten note on one of the doors to one of the heads and had written ‘girls’ in all lower case, second grade letters.

Nope. Think I’ll stay here with some nice music and a fine glass of wine. Matter of fact, letting a nice barolo breathe right now, and about ready to start the ossobuco.

Wonder what they are having on the boats. :slight_smile: