OSLO (Reuters) – Airbus has ordered checks on three types of helicopters following a fatal crash in Norway, Norwegian authorities said on Wednesday.
Five Norwegians and their Swedish pilot died when their AS350B3e helicopter crashed in Arctic Norway on Aug. 31. Norwegian investigators have not concluded on the cause.
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Following preliminary findings linked to the connection between the engine and the main gearbox, Airbus Helicopters has issued an emergency alert service bulletin (EASB) calling for visual inspections of this area on all recently delivered AS350, AS550 and EC130 helicopters, investigators said.
“According to Airbus Helicopters, issuance of the EASB (notice) is a precautionary measure to ensure the continued airworthiness of the helicopter type,” the Accident Investigation Board Norway said in a statement.
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The crashed aircraft had flown just 73 hours, it added.
Airbus was not available for immediate comment.
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