Don't demonize the machine
from By Mark Huber
In late August, another Eurocopter Super Puma crashed into the North Sea near the United Kingdom. Four of those aboard died. Over the last several years, a handful of ditchings/crashes of this model have been tied to flaws in the design of its main rotor gearbox lubrication system and a batch of replacement main rotor shafts. The latest incident has resulted in a new Facebook page entitled "Destroy the Super Pumas," which gained 32,000 "likes" in three days. All this raises the question: When several helicopters of the same make/model crash, is it always right to blame the machine?
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