Precautionary landing on Draugen

December 17, 2002, 15:15 CET

None of the 18 people on board were injured when a helicopter made a safety landing on the Draugen platform in the Norwegian Sea earlier today, 17 December.

The helicopter was en route from Kristiansund in mid-Norway to the Statoil-operated Heidrun platform in the Norwegian Sea.

The pilots took the decision to land on the Draugen platform, operated by Shell, when a warning light flashed, indicating too high a temperature in the tail gear box. The temperature warning appears to have been due to an indicator error.

The Super Puma L2 helicopter belongs to CHC Helikopter Service. The pilots have checked the helicopter and given it the all-clear to fly back to land without passengers. Alternative ways of transporting the passengers over to Heidrun are being considered.