Safety has been the core concern of my life. As Head of Aviation Safety at Airbus Helicopters, competition takes a back seat to considerations of excellence in all aspects of flight safety. It is the cornerstone of customer confidence.
My priority is to coordinate this quest for safety across the flying spectrum by working closely with customers, suppliers, manufacturers and key organisations such as the International Helicopter Safety Team and HeliOffshore, two of the key global bodies working to ensure flight safety.
In our drive to improve safety standards and practices worldwide, the company also promotes the Airbus Helicopters Safety Partnership. This collaborative platform enables Airbus Helicopters to take advantage of the experience and knowledge of the professionals who fly and maintain the aircraft daily, to enhance safety and performance.
Since April last year, my team and I have been supporting the Accident Investigation Board in Norway in their enquiries. Airbus Helicopters is committed to creating a joint approach to safety by working with customers, partners and suppliers. Safety begins with each job we perform as part of our daily work.
Gilles Bruniaux, Head of Aviation Safety
Investigative bodies are working together to understand the LN-OJF accident.
The exhaustive analysis conducted to identify the initiating event of the accident in Norway began on 29 April 2016 and remains ongoing.
The following findings have come to light:
The investigation has revealed new information which had remained unknown after the 2009 AS332 accident and has now enabled Airbus Helicopters to implement a set of more comprehensive protective measures. Four protective measures have been established and approved by the EASA:
We understand the sequence of events that led to the fatigue fracture, but the exact cause is still being investigated. A set of protective measures have been implemented to ensure all potential causes for the failure are addressed and that the fleet is safe to fly.