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Helicopter crash victims remembered a year later

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One year after a helicopter crash in Samburgh Airport killed four people, 100 people gathered in Shetland to pay their respects. Last August a Super Puma helicopter crashed while trying to land at Samburgh Airport in Shetland, killing Sarah Darnley, from Elgin, Gary McCrossan, from Inverness, Duncan Munro, from Bishop Auckland, and George Allison, from Winchester.

100 people gathered at the dedication service held at the Samburgh Airport memorial site on Saturday (23 August).  Wreaths were placed into the sea and a helicopter flypast also took place to mark the occasion. Aubrey Jamieson, Fishermen’s Mission Superintendent, led the service, believing that it was right to stop and honour the lives of those that died in the crash.

“We are grateful to thank the crew members who helped us”

The service saw a new plaque made, dedicated to the victims. Survivors of the crash also came to the island to pay their respects, with a statement on their behalf reading:

“We are all here to pay our respects to those who lost their lives that night. We are grateful to have the chance to meet and thank the brave crew members who helped us.”

When the crash happened last August, 18 people had been on board the helicopter. This was the fourth accident of its kind in the last five years. The Shetland memorial is dedicated to all those who lost their lives in aircraft accidents over the last few decades.

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