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Airbus Helicopters issues an Emergency Alert Service Bulletin following preliminary findings in connection with the investigation of the accident in Alta, Norway Saturday 31 August 11.09.2019

The first detailed examinations of components from the Airbus Helicopters AS 350 B3E helicopter, LN-OFU brought to the AIBN premises was performed Tuesday. The work is in cooperation with the French Aviation Accident Investigation Bureau (BEA) with its technical advisors from Airbus Helicopters and the engine manufacturer Safran Helicopter Engines

Preliminary findings linked to the connection between the engine and the main gearbox has lead AH to issue an Emergency Alert Service Bulletin (EASB) calling for immediate visual inspection of this area for recently delivered AS350, AS550 and EC130 helicopters. According to Airbus Helicopters, issuance of the EASB is a precautionary measure to ensure the continued airworthiness of the helicopter type. MER...

Observation voyage 01.04.2019

The investigation of the accident with the tanker Sola TS and the frigate HNoMS Helge Ingstad, has been ongoing since 8 November 2018. Considerable amounts of information have been collected, both through conversations with those involved, inspections of HNoMS Helge Ingstad and in form of technical and electronic data.

To obtain an even better understanding of the course of the events, both the police and the Accident Investigation Board want to carry out a voyage in the accident area with one of HNoMS Helge Ingstads sister ships, at the same time as Sola TS leaves the Sture terminal. The aim is to carry out the voyage under conditions that are as similar as possible to those at the time of the accident.

The shipping company that owns Sola TS, Equinor, the Norwegian Coastal Administration and the Norwegian Navy will assist the AIBN and the police with carrying out such a voyage. The Sola TS is planned with loading at the Sture terminal Monday 1 April, and unless something unforeseen occurs, the voyage will be carried out the night of April 2. MER...

Status of the investigation into the collision between the frigate KNM Helge Ingstad and the oil tanker Sola TS 27 February 2019 27.02.2019

The Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) and the Defence Accident Investigation Board Norway (DAIBN) has continued its work to map the sequence of events in detail. This work has focused on internal communication and cooperation between the bridge crews on board the warship HNoMS Helge Ingstad and the crude oil tanker Sola TS, and Fedje Vessel Traffic Service. Analyses of various technical information have also been carried out. Some work still remains, particularly in relation to the time that elapsed from the moment of impact until everyone had been evacuated from the frigate. Data from the frigate's control system have been retrieved and contribute valuable information about this phase. Inspection and mapping of the vessel when it has been lifted are expected to yield further answers. MER...

Status for the investigation of the collision involving the frigate HNOMS Helge Ingstad and oil tanker Sola TS 16.11.2018

On the morning of Thursday 8 November 2018, the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) was informed that the frigate HNOMS Helge Ingstad and the Maltese registered tanker Sola TS had collided just outside the Sture terminal in Øygarden municipality in Hordaland county. The AIBN contacted the Defence Accident Investigation Board Norway (DAIBN) and the Marine Safety Investigation Unit of Malta. A joint decision was made to initiate an investigation of the accident, which will be led by the AIBN. MER...

The AIBN investigates the collision between frigate KNM Helge Ingstad and tanker Sola TS 8 November 2018 08.11.2018

The Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) has decided to investigate the collision between frigate KNM Helge Ingstad and tanker Sola TS (assisted by tug Tenax) in Øygarden outside of Bergen, which occurred at 04:03 hrs. Thursday 8 November 2018. The AIBN will conduct the investigation in collaboration with the Defence Accident Investigation Board Norway (DAIBN). The Investigation Board will have crew on-site today to start investigations. The tanker Sola TS is Malta-registered and the Marine Safety Investigation Unit (MSIU) of Malta will also participate in the investigation. MER...

The Helicopter Accident near Turøy: Invitation to press conference in connection with the publication of the final report, 5 July 2018 25.06.2018

The press conference will be held at Clarion Hotel Flesland, Thursday 5 July at 1330 hours. Please register for the press conference no later than Wednesday 4 July.

The press conference will be in Norwegian. There will be an opportunity for interviews after the press conference.

The final report concludes the Norwegian Accident Investigation Board’s investigation following the tragic accident near Turøy 29 April 2016.

The report is in English and will be published on the AIBN website concurrent with the press conference. MER...

Air accident at Svolvær airport Helle: Investigations in Svolvær 14.02.2018

Investigators from the AIBN conducts investigations in Svolvær following the accident with Piper Aircraft, Inc. PA-28-161, LN-TOS, Sunday 11 February MER...

The Helicopter Accident near Barentsburg: Preliminary report 01.12.2017

Five weeks have passed since the tragic helicopter accident near Barentsburg 26 October 2017, and the Accident Investigation Board has worked continuously to gather information and secure further investigations. The purpose of this preliminary report is to inform about the work that has been carried out, and to give a short description of the further plans for the investigation. MER...

Helicopter accident near Barentsburg: CVR and GPS analysis started in Moscow 09.11.2017

The Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and GPS units from the helicopter Mi-8AMT with registration RA-22312 are now at the IAC laboratory in Moscow. The data from all three units were downloaded last night. The CVR contains about 25 minutes of good quality sound recordings from the flight. Only one of the two GPS units have recorded data about the last flight path. Further analysis will give a valuable contribution to understanding the accident. MER...

Helicopter accident near Barentsburg: The AIBN leaves the accident site 08.11.2017

Following the accident with the helicopter Mi-8AMT with registration RA-22312, the AIBN has recovered the helicopters body, tail, Cocpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and GPS units. Damaged parts of the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) have been found. The memory unit of the FDR is not found. Based on the condition of the recovered parts of the FDR, the search for the memory unit will no longer continue.

The CVR and the GPS-units have been transported to Moscow by the AIBN in cooperation with Russian MAK (Interstate Aviation Committee) for reading and analysis.

The wreckage will in the next few days be transported to the Norwegian mainland for further investigations.

The search for missing persons is administrated by the Governor of Svalbard and the Police. The AIBN thanks all involved parties for the cooperation these past weeks. MER...

Helicopter accident near Barentsburg: The helicopter is recovered 04.11.2017

At approxomately 0200 hours 4 November the body, rotor and separated tail of the helicopter MI-8AMT wiith registration RA-22312 was lifted up on deck of the ship Maersk Forza. The recovery operation was a success.

The helicopters Cocpit voice recorder (CVR) is recovered. CVR and GPS-units will be brought to Moscow for analysis. Flight data recorder (FDR) is not yet found, and the search will continue.

There were no persons inside the helicopter, and search for the missing persons continues.
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Helicopter accident near Barentsburg: Update 31.10.2017

Update 31 October 2017 regarding accident with Mi-8AMT registration RA-22312. MER...

Helicopter accident near Barentsburg: The AIBN boards recovery vessel 30.10.2017

The AIBN has contracted the recovery vessel Maersk Forza, currently en route to Hammerfest. The vessel will be a substantial asset in the attemt to recover the helicopter. Personnel from the AIBN will board the vessel in Hammerfest some time before tomorrow morning. The voyage to Svalbard will provide time to plan the work ahead. At the same time search and planning continues at Svalbard in cooperation with the Police and the Governor of Svalbard. MER...

Helicopter accident near Barentsburg, Svalbard: The AIBN will arrive later today 27.10.2017

Personnel from the Accident Investigation Board Norway will arrive at Svalbard later today to start preliminary investigations of the helicopter accident to a Russian helicopter on Thursday 26 October. The AIBN is in dialogue with the Governor of Svalbard and the Russian investigation authority. MER...

Status on Investigation of Aviation Accident Outside Bergen Harbour, Norway 10 May 2017 12.05.2017

The AIBN has released updated information on the investigation. MER...

One year following the helicopter accident near Turøy, Norway: New preliminary report 28.04.2017

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

The Helicopter Accident near Turøy: Invitation to press conference in connection with the publication of a preliminary report 24.04.2017

The press conference will be held in the AIBN's premises in Lillestrøm Friday 28 April at 1300 hours. Please register for the press conference later than Thursday 27 April.

The press conference will be in Norwegian. There will be an opportunity for interviews after the press conference.

The preliminary report is issued within 12 months following the accident in order to present an updated status of the investigation. The report contains mainly factual information available so far in the investigation. The report also contains some AIBN comments.

The report is in English and will be published on the AIBN website before the press conference. MER...

The EC 225 LP helicopter accident near Turøy, Norway: Discovery of parts 08.03.2017

At Thursday 23 February, the Norwegian Naval Diving School found a vital missing part in connection with the ongoing investigation. MER...

Methodological framework for accident investigations 07.02.2017

The Accident Investigation Board Norway has over time developed a common framework and analysis process for systematic safety investigations within the four transport modes. The document describing the AIBN method is now available for download on our website. The framework is an important reference for the AIBN and provide insight into our investigation activities. MER...

The H225 helicopter accident near Turøy, Norway: An investigation update 02.02.2017

The extensive and complex investigation continues with high activity. MER...

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