Europe’s air safety regulator has issued an airworthiness directive for AW139 helicopters.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) ordered checks on AW139s which use a certain type of rotor component.
About 19 of the aircraft are operating on the UKCS, according to the most recent figures from Oil and Gas UK.
The watchdog said there had been reports of main rotor “slip rings” being found without the proper “lock wiring” or with “loose fasteners”.
It said the issue could lead to damage to the drive system and consequent “reduced control of the helicopter”.
The airworthiness directive orders operators to carry out one-time checks on the slip ring fastener installation and to replace the part if necessary.
The checks should be carried out within 300 flight hours if the helicopter has built up fewer than 900 hours, or within 50 flight hours for AW139s which have accumulated more than 900 hours.
AW139-maker Leonardo has published its own alert service bulletin telling operators to inspect the component.