North Sea strike threat over return of Super Pumas

A total of 33 people have died in three fatal crashes involving the helicopters since 2009.

Super Puma: Helicopter grounded in wake of fatal crash (file pic). <strong>SWNS</strong>
Super Puma: Helicopter grounded in wake of fatal crash (file pic). SWNS

Oil workers could strike if Super Pumas return to the North Sea, a union has warned.

A total of 33 people have died in three fatal accidents involving the helicopters since 2009.

They were grounded in the wake of a crash in Norway last year but were later cleared to fly.

Surveys have since shown most offshore workers are against their return.

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The Unite union has now said its members are prepared to strike in protest.

MSPs debated the issue at Holyrood on Tuesday while Unite demonstrated outside.

A motion opposing the use of Super Pumas received cross-party support from the SNP, Labour, Lib Dems and the Scottish Greens.

Super Pumas were grounded in April 2016 by the European Aviation Safety Agency

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The ban was lifted in October but it was enforced by authorities in the UK until July.

Helicopter operator CHC has already ended its use of Super Pumas, citing a “lack of commercial demand” from customers.


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