A Bond helicopter, which ditched into the North Sea last week
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More helicopter flights grounded after fault found

The owners of the helicopter that ditched in the North Sea last week have grounded more of their craft after an investigation found a fault in the helicopter's gear box.

The Bond Super Puma came down off the coast of Aberdeen, leading to 14 people needing rescuing, after an oil pressure warning light came on.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said the cracked shaft in the gearbox was found near a manufacturing weld, and would have stopped the helicopter's oil pumps.

Laura Bicker reports.

  • 13 May 2012
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