Un EC-225 “Super Puma” ha realizado un amerizaje de emergencia a 25 millas de Aberdeen, sus 14 tripulantes han sido rescatados “en buen espiritu” por varios helicópteros de la RAF, parece ser que han tenido un problema con la presión del aceite hidráulico y antes de jugársela regresando a base o alcanzando la plataforma han preferido hacer un amerizaje controlado.
Es el tercer accidente de un EC-225, en febrero de 2009, 16 pasajeros y dos tripulantes se salvaron en otro amerizaje forzoso a 125 millas de Aberdeen, seis semanas más tarde se estrellaba otro EC-225 contra el mar pereciendo las 16 personas que iban embarcadas.
It is understood the aircraft had left Aberdeen and was on a journey to the Maersk Resilient platform, and then on to Ensco 102, for oil operator Britannia, an umbrella company for Chevron/ConocoPhillips.
The crew broadcast an alert saying they had been forced to ditch the aircraft into the sea. It is thought that an oil pressure light had come on and crew decided to ditch immediately into the sea instead of returning to Aberdeen or continuing to the platform.
The incident happened around 25 miles east of Aberdeen, at around 12.30pm on Thursday.
Two civilian helicopters were first at the scene. They were joined by RAF helicopters from Boulmer and Shetland and rescue crews from Aberdeen and Peterhead.
The first six casualties from the ditching were airlifted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary shortly before 2pm. A second helicopter with three more people arrived a short while later.
The last five casualties were transported by life rescue boat to Aberdeen harbour but did not require hospital treatment.