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Bristow Update on February 3 Incident

February 17, 2016

NIGERIA, (February 17, 2016) -- Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited has operated in Nigeria since 1969, primarily in support of the oil and gas industry and has continued to make important contributions to the country over the years, including the training and employment of a significant number of Nigerian national pilots and engineers.

The all Nigerian crew (the Captain and the First Officer) of Bristow S76C++ helicopter (5N-BQJ), which had cause to make a precautionary landing on 3 February, 2016, were recruited and trained locally in Nigeria and also at the Bristow Academy in Titusville, Florida, in the United States, in accordance with Bristow’s training program.

The training program fully complies with the regulatory requirements of both the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and international standards.

Following their qualification as pilots, the crew was employed by Bristow and continued to undergo recurrent training in line with Bristow’s operating procedures and client requirements, and in full compliance with regulatory requirements. The successful water landing of the aircraft by the crew on 3 February, 2016, was accomplished safely and without any significant injuries or loss of life.

The Captain, the first Nigerian female helicopter commander, continues to be a role model to aspiring female pilots and remains an important member of the Bristow team.

Safety continues to underpin the company’s core values and Bristow welcomes the NCAA’s audit of its operation of the Sikorsky S-76 fleet and the investigation by the Nigerian Aircraft Investigation Bureau (NAIB) into the incident on 3 February, 2016.

Without prejudice to the ongoing investigations, Bristow also welcomes a third-party external audit of its operations, with the expectation that such initiative will also extend to include the audit of other similar entities within the Nigerian oil and gas industry, such that best practices can be shared laterally across all operators to further enhance safety.

About Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited
Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited provides aviation services to the offshore energy industry, serving major integrated offshore energy companies in Africa’s oil and gas industry. With headquarters located in Lagos, Nigeria, Bristow Group’s Africa region comprises operations in Nigeria and affiliate Petroleum Air Services (PAS) in Egypt.

Media inquiries contact:
Cornelius Onuoha
Verdant Zeal

Julie King
External Communications
Bristow Group
Phone: 832-551-9814