21 June 2019
RMT Press Office:
RMT is calling on the helicopter operator Babcock and aircraft manufacturer Airbus to be completely transparent on the situation with the Airbus H175 after shocking images were circulated around the North Sea last night.
A significant number of members have raised concerns about the pictures which it is claimed are images of the crack in the “Horizontal Stabiliser” of an H175 operated by Babcock. The picture appears to show a substantial fracture in the fuselage and our members have understandably called for an explanation from Babcock to explain the images.
RMT members are also calling for an explanation from Airbus to clarify how and why a ‘safety’ measure should be flying the aircraft at a reduced speed? Our members argue the aircraft was presumably designed to fly at a certain speed, meaning Airbus are in effect saying it is no longer safe to do so?
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said that offshore workers had lost confidence in helicopters after a spate of accidents in the last ten years, it should be an absolute right that they are given all of the facts around this latest incident and that Babcock and Airbus are completely transparent.
“This aircraft is being touted as the future of offshore transportation, but if the images being circulated of the alleged damage are genuine, questions must be asked around whether this aircraft is fit for purpose!”