STRATFORD, Conn., March 23 /CNW/ -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced
today that the majority of the worldwide S-92(TM) helicopter fleet already has
complied with the company's notice to retrofit the aircraft's gearbox oil bowl
with steel mounting studs. The company expects to have close to 100 percent
compliance by the end of this week. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United
Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
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The company contacted all S-92 helicopter operators on March 20 after
broken titanium studs were found during a helicopter crash investigation in
Canada. The investigation is continuing, and no determination has been made
that the broken studs contributed to the accident or if they resulted from it.
Sikorsky immediately notified the operators as a safety precaution, and the
Federal Aviation Administration is expected to issue an Airworthiness
Directive instructing the retrofit.
As of this moment, more than 50 of the 91 S-92 helicopter retrofits were
completed. Sikorsky has made available all the parts and tools necessary for
all operators to swap out the studs.
"While the investigation remains ongoing, our priority has been to
maintain safety and eliminate any potential risks," said Marc Poland, Vice
President of Sikorsky Global Helicopters. "The operators are reacting quickly,
and we are doing all we can to encourage full and rapid compliance."
Canada's Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is leading the investigation
into the March 12 helicopter accident that occurred off the coast of
Newfoundland and resulted in 17 deaths. Sikorsky is assisting with the
"Our prayers and deepest condolences go out to the families of all
involved in this terrible tragedy," Poland said. "The investigation continues,
and we are providing support and technical resources to assist the TSB while
we continue to support the fleet."
The S-92 helicopter was designed with numerous structural and avionics
safety features. The worldwide fleet has accumulated more than 140,000 flight
hours since 2004. Approximately 66 percent of current S-92 operators are
offshore oil customers. The remainder are performing search and rescue (SAR),
Head of State, VIP, and airline missions.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in
helicopter design, manufacture and service. United Technologies Corp., based
in Hartford, Connecticut, provides a broad range of high technology products
and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.
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