Airbus Helicopters said all commercial passenger flights of helicopters similar to the Super Puma that crashed off Norway on Friday have been suspended.
A H225 Super Puma ferrying passengers from a Norwegian oil platform crashed in the North Sea, likely killing all 13 people on board.
Britain and Norway said they were halting flights of the same type of helicopter, also known as the EC225LP.
Airbus Helicopters, a unit of Airbus Group, said the temporary ban extended to the whole fleet.
“Under these tragic circumstances, and until these elements are available, we are allied with the decision taken to put all commercial EC225LP passenger flights on hold,” the company said in a statement.
The helicopter went down around midday (local time) in the archipelago off the coast of Bergen, Norway’s second-biggest city.
Eleven bodies have been recovered and the two remaining people are presumed dead, rescue services said.Search and rescue operations were called off late Friday afternoon.
The aircraft was carrying 11 Norwegians, one Briton and one Italian, rescue services said.
The helicopter broke into pieces near a small island and parts of the wreck were found scattered on land and at sea.
Part of the helicopter was resting on the seabed under five to seven metres of water, around 20 metres from land.
The helicopter was returning from the Gullfaks B oil and gas platform, operated by Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil.
The area, just west of Bergen, has frequent helicopter traffic to and from offshore oil installations. Weather conditions on the day were normal.
Flood sweeps away bridge at Barhabise
CHUTARA — Flood and landslide triggered by the incessant rainfall have swept away a concrete bridge over a local Sandi stream at Barhabise bazaar last night.
It has resulted in disruption of vehicular movement, creating hassles to the people especially from Barhabise municipality and Bhotekoshi rural municipality, said Police Inspector at Area Police Office, Barhabise, Yadav Thapa.
Twenty-two houses of Barhabise bazaar area have been waterlogged after the settlement was flooded.
The Chinese government had constructed the 40-feet long bridge in 2024 BS. Mud and sands have piled up to five feet on the road sides.
Three excavators have been used to remove the landslide debris, added Thapa. Engineer at the Road Division Office, Charikot, said preparation was underway to install a bailey bridge there.Follow @gorkhapost