Faulty tail on helicopter which crashed into oil platform

A helicopter which crashed into a North Sea oil platform during a routine flight with eight passengers aboard was flying with a faulty tail rotor which could have failed at any time, investigators have found.

The Sikorsky S92 carved gouge marks across a helipad on the West Franklin Platform when it landed heavily after a short flight from Total’s Elgin rig.

Both of the crew members and the passengers onboard escaped unscathed, but the crash led to the Sikorskys92 fleet being grounded across the world for safety checks.

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