AAIB investigation to Sikorsky S-92A, G-VINL

Landed on the incorrect oil rig, Golden Eagle Complex, North Sea, 22 August 2014.


The helicopter was operating a multi-sector flight, between rigs located approximately 60 nm north-east of Aberdeen Airport, when it landed on the wrong helideck, which was unmanned. On the third sector, it was required to fly from the Paragon Midwater Semi-Submersible 1 (MSS1) rig to the Buzzard complex helideck, a distance of 7 nm on a track of 205°M. However, the crew misidentified the Golden Eagle complex, on a bearing of 354°M from the Paragon MSS1 at a distance of 3 nm, as the Buzzard complex and landed there instead.

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Published 9 June 2016