On a routine flight to an oil platform in the North Sea, the Eurocopter Super Puma helicopter carrying 16 oil-rig workers from Aberdeen Airport, Scotland, encountered low clouds at an altitude of 3,000 feet above sea level. About six nm from the rig, the crew was preparing for descent when a bright flash accompanied by a loud bang occurred. Moments later, the passengers and crew began to feel a vibration through the aircraft, rapidly getting more intense. The vibration became severe and the ...


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