Bristow has lost its contract with Apache North Sea to rival helicopter operator CHC.
The downturn has hit a “key inflection point”, with signs pointing to recovery for the offshore oil and gas helicopter market, according to new analysis.
Pilots were “distracted” by incorrectly positioned cranes leading to a helicopter landing on the wrong oil platform in the North Sea, according to investigators.
A fatal helicopter crash at Leicester City Football Club last month has prompted the inspection of helicopters operating in the UK North Sea.
The US aviation authority has issued a safety directive for Leonardo AW189 helicopters, two years after the same measure was enforced in the North Sea.
Checks have been ordered on AW189s after two "in-service failures" were reported on bolts used to install stabilisers on the helicopters' rear tails.