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EC225 (not a Bristow aircraft) Ditches in North Sea

October 22, 2012

On the afternoon of Monday 22nd October 2012, an incident occurred with an EC225 Super Puma helicopter operated by another company, which resulted in a controlled ditching on to the North Sea, south of the Shetland Isles. Following the ditching, all 19 passengers and crew were recovered safe and well.

Investigations into the incident are on-going and Bristow Helicopters Ltd have taken the decision to delay operations with our EC225 and AS332L2 Super Puma helicopters until further information is available.

The safety of our passengers and crew is of paramount importance to Bristow and we comply fully with the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance procedures for all of our aircraft.

Bristow Helicopters remain totally committed to the highest standards of airworthiness for our fleet.

Contact: Weber Shandwick
Tel: +44 1224 806600

Notes to Editors

Bristow Helicopters Ltd. are an affiliated company of Bristow Group Inc. the leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide offshore energy industry based on the number of aircraft operated and one of two helicopter service providers to the offshore energy industry with global operations. The Company have major operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea, and operations in most of the other major offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world, including Alaska, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Nigeria, Russia and Trinidad.