During the second go-around the crew started an impromptu visual approach when the ExxonMobil installation suddenly came into view. A high ROD at low airspeed developed in low-visibility. The helicopter avoided the sea by just 13 ft. A second loss of control occurred during the ascent.
After abandoning an inland routing, the crew headed to the coast but fly into high ground after an Inadvertent entry into Instrument Metrological Conditions (IIMC).
The investigation showed that the RNoAF should intensify its safety management, including on risk, competency and safety culture. It also identified a need for an independent and comprehensive supervisory body for military aviation in Norway.
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