Eurocopter EC 225 helicopter fleet 'set for flying permission in days'

Ditched helicopter A Super Puma helicopter ditched off Shetland last October

Helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter has said it expects to be given permission to fly one of its makes of aircraft which has been grounded "within days".

Super Puma EC 225s were grounded following incidents off Aberdeen and Shetland.

In both cases, cracks were identified in the main gearbox.

The company has been trying to work out what caused the problem and has now proposed a series of safeguards to get the fleet flying.

In the May incident last year, all 14 people on board a Super Puma were rescued when their helicopter came down about 30 miles off the coast of Aberdeen during a flight to an oil rig.

Then in the October ditching, all 19 people on board were rescued safely after the Super Puma put down in the sea off Shetland.

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