Investigation of helicopter accident at Turøy near Bergen in Hordaland county, Norway


29 April 2016 the Main Rotor Head (MRH) and mast suddenly detached from an Airbus Helicopters EC 225 LP enroute from Gullfaks B to Bergen Airport Flesland. The helicopter impacted on a small island east of Turøy. All 13 people on board perished.

One year has passed since the helicopter accident near Turøy, Norway, 29 April 2016. The Accident Investigation Board Norway publishes a new preliminary report.

Preliminary report.

The Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) issues a preliminary report within 12 months following the accident. This is in accordance with Regulation (EU) No. 996/2010 Article 16. This report is a preliminary and incomplete representation of the AIBN's investigations in connection with the accident.

The preliminary report is extensive, but contains mainly factual information. The report describes the accident sequence, as well as the background and circumstances of the flight. Furthermore, the report includes information about the search for parts, a technical description of the helicopter, and details from the extensive investigation that is still ongoing. The report contains a brief analysis, and information about further investigations.

The AIBN issues no safety recommendations at this stage of the investigation.

The investigation continues. Only the final report will represent the complete investigation and be the official document of the AIBN.


Previously published information

01.06.2016: The Helicopter Accident: New preliminary report

27.05.2016: The Helicopter Accident: Information to the public about components found in the area

27.05.2016: The Helicopter Accident: Updated preliminary report

13.05.2016: The Helicopter Accident: Preliminary report

06.05.2016: The Helicopter Accident: The search for components is resumed

02.05.2016: The Helicopter Accident: Invitation to Press Conference at Haakonsvern naval base in Bergen Tuesday 3 May at 1400 hours

02.05.2016: The Helicopter Accident: Data from the combined FDR and CVR retrieved. Data is of good quality.

01.05.2016: The Helicopter Accident: The work continues


Preliminary reports and photos for download

Turøy, Hordaland county, Norway
Occurrence date
ICAO Location indicator
Øvrige helikoptre
Meteorological conditions
Type of occurrence
Type of operation
Category of operation
Heavy, helicopter (> 2 250kg)
Aircraft category
Helicopter, Multi-engine, Turboprop/turboshaft
ENSV (Stavanger ATCC)
Skriv ut
Reports same aircraft model
Reports same category of operation