Helicopter lands on tanker

November 5, 2002, 10:45 CET

None of the 16 people on board were injured when a helicopter en route from the North Sea to Stavanger made a controlled emergency landing on a tanker at 08:30 on Tuesday, 5 November.

The Super Puma AS 332L2 helicopter, belonging to the Norsk Helikopter company, was on its way from the Statoil operated Sleipner area to Sola airport outside Stavanger when technical problems arose.

The pilots decided to land on the tanker Navion Anglia after noticing that the vibration level in the helicopter had risen considerably. The tanker was located 15 nautical miles south west of Sola.

Navion Anglia is to be brought to the Norwegian mainland. All those involved in the incident have been able to telephone their families. The plan is that the people on board the helicopter will get a debriefing as soon as the ship docks.

The incident happened on flight number 431, which had two pilots and 14 Statoil employees and contractors on board.