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Tribute paid to Shetland helicopter crash victims

Posted in: Workplace Injuries Wrongful & Accidental Death 

The family of Gary McCrossan (59) — one of the four who died in the Shetland helicopter crash on Friday — has released a statement paying tribute to him.  Described by family members as being “a fun, loving guy who was full of life”. His family and the families of the other crash victims — George Allison (57), Sarah Darnley (45) and Duncan Munro (46) — all have unanswered questions regarding the cause of the crash.

A senior executive of CHC Helicopter — the operator of the Super Puma — has promised that the crash will be “painstakingly investigated”.  Duncan Trapp, of CHC Helicopter, spoke after a meeting with offshore operators and contractors in Aberdeen; contingency plans were discussed regarding the suspension of flights by all Super Puma aircraft to and from the UK.

Crashed into the sea just off the land

The crash, which killed 3 men and 1 woman, had 18 people onboard at the time of the accident. The Super Puma AS332 L2 was flying from Borgsten Dolphin rig to Sumburgh airport in Sheland, when it crashed into the sea just off the land. Mr Trapp said:

“Our experienced teams have been working tirelessly to support the passengers and our crewmen and their families in the immediate aftermath.”

Three of the bodies have been taken to Aberdeen on a passenger ferry, which arrived in the harbour around 07:00.  The final body is due to arrive today (Tuesday). 

Investigators are currently trying to decipher why the helicopter had such a sudden loss of power, seeing as this is the fifth time in four years that a Super Puma has come down in the North Sea.

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