The entire fleet of Super Puma EC225s operating in the UK have been grounded, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has confirmed.
The decision was taken earlier this afternoon following a helicopter crash west of Bergen, Norway this morning.
Eleven people have been confirmed dead, with two still missing.
The decision means a total of 30 helicopters have been grounded.
A spokesman for the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said:“Our thoughts are with those affected by the tragic accident in Norway.
“Following the accident the UK CAA has issued an instruction to stop any commercial passenger flights by UK operators flying the Airbus EC225LP helicopter. This mirrors action taken by the Norwegian CAA.
“The restriction does not apply to search and rescue flights.
“The accident involved a Norwegian helicopter and will therefore be investigated by the Norwegian authorities. We will offer any assistance that we can.
“We remain in close contact with all UK offshore helicopter operators to continue to assess the situation.”
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