Update May 13
A loose cover may have caused helicopter crash
An investigation into the helicopter crash during an attempted landing on M/Y Bacarella continues. Two people were treated and released from a hospital and one remains in critical condition after the helicopter went into the water near the yacht on May 10.
The wreck of the Airbus AS-350B-3 helicopter, the flight data recorder and the yacht’s CCTV video footage were retrieved from the water after the incident. An article in Maritime Executive said the helicopter was possibly disabled by a flying fueling station cover that was onboard the yacht. Investigators in Norway said that the cover flew into the rotor hub, which caused loss of control.
Original post May 12
Three people were injured when a helicopter attempted to land on M/Y Bacarella in Norway on Wednesday night. Norwegian media reported that three people were taken to hospital, one with serious injuries.
The 196-foot Trinity was near Bergen, Norway when the helicopter crashed into the water. The passengers were pulled out by members of a nearby search and rescue boat.
The incident is under investigation by Havarikommisjonen, the country’s accident investigation board.