Helicopters set to resume flights over U.K. North Sea

|By:, SA News Editor

Super Puma helicopters are set to resume flying to oil and gas platforms in the U.K. North Sea after an influential safety group called for an end to their grounding following a fatal crash nearly a week ago off the Scottish coast.

Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the crash, but the operator and an industry oversight body say there was no fundamental problem with the copter.

The OK for the flights averts a supply-chain bottleneck for BP and other North Sea energy operators, but leaves EADS (EADSF.PK, EADSY.PK), the helicopter's manufacturer, scrambling to improve its reputation after a succession of problems with its rotorcraft.