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AEROSPATIALE AS-332L2 Super Puma Mk2

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AS3B
Aircraft
Name AS-332L2 Super Puma Mk2
Manufacturer AEROSPATIALE
Wing Rotary
Position Four-blade main rotor
Tail Four-blade tail rotor
WTC Light
APC A
Type code H2T
Engine Turboshaft
Engine count Multi
Position In fuselage
Landing gear Tricycle retractable
Mass group 3


Manufacturered as:

AEROSPATIALE Cougar Mk2
AEROSPATIALE Super Puma Mk2
AEROSPATIALE AS-332L2 Super Puma Mk2
AEROSPATIALE AS-532A2 Cougar Mk2
AEROSPATIALE AS-532U2 Cougar Mk2
EUROCOPTER Super Puma Mk2
EUROCOPTER AS-532U2 Cougar Mk2
EUROCOPTER AS-532A2 Cougar Mk2
EUROCOPTER AS-332L2 Super Puma Mk2
EUROCOPTER Cougar Mk2


AEROSPATIALE AS-332L2 Super Puma Mk2

AEROSPATIALE AS-332L2 Super Puma Mk2 AEROSPATIALE AS-332L2 Super Puma Mk2 3D

Description

Twin engine medium lift helicopter.

Technical Data

Wing span 16.2 m53.15 ft
Length 16.79 m55.085 ft
Height 4.97 m16.306 ft
Powerplant 2 x Turboméca Makila 1A2 turboshaft, 1,376 kW (1,845 shp) each.
Engine model Turboméca Makila

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
Descent
(to FL100)
Descent (FL100
& below)
Approach
V2 (IAS) kts IAS kts IAS kts IAS kts MACH TAS kts MACH IAS kts IAS kts Vapp (IAS) kts
Distance m ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min ROC ft/min MACH ROD ft/min ROD ft/min MCS kts Distance m
MTOW 91509,150 kg
9.15 tonnes
kg
Ceiling FL ROD ft/min APC A
WTC L Range 460460 nm
851,920 m
851.92 km
2,795,013.125 ft
NM

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving AS3B

  • AS3B, en-route, northern North Sea UK, 2008 (On 22 February 2008, a Eurocopter AS332 L2 Super Puma flying from an offshore oil platform to Aberdeen was struck by lightning. There was no apparent consequence and so, although this event required a landing as soon as possible, the commander decided to continue the remaining 165nm to the planned destination which was achieved uneventfully. Main rotor blade damage including some beyond repairable limits was subsequently discovered. The Investigation noted evidence indicating that this helicopter type had a relatively high propensity to sustain lightning strikes but noted that, despite the risk of damage, there was currently no adverse safety trend.)
  • AS3B, vicinity Den Helder Netherlands, 2006 (On 21 November 2006, the crew of a Bristow Eurocopter AS332 L2 making an unscheduled passenger flight from an offshore platform to Den Helder in night VMC decided to ditch their aircraft after apparent malfunction of an engine and the flight controls were perceived as rendering it unable to safely complete the flight. All 17 occupants survived but the evacuation was disorganised and both oversight of the operation by and the actions of the crew were considered to have been inappropriate in various respects. Despite extensive investigation, no technical fault which would have rendered it unflyable could be confirmed.)
  • AS3B, vicinity Sumburgh Airport Shetland Islands UK, 2013 (On 23 August 2013, the crew of a Eurocopter AS332 L2 Super Puma helicopter making a non-precision approach to runway 09 at Sumburgh with the AP engaged in 3-axes mode descended below MDA without visual reference and after exposing the helicopter to vortex ring conditions were unable to prevent a sudden onset high rate of descent followed by sea surface impact and rapid inversion of the floating helicopter. Four of the 18 occupants died and three were seriously injured. The Investigation found no evidence of contributory technical failure and attributed the accident to inappropriate flight path control by the crew.)