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Helicopter company pledges full inquiry into North Sea crash
6:00am Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
THE body of the final oil worker who died when a helicopter plunged into the North Sea is expected to be brought back to the mainland today (Tuesday, August 27).
A passenger ferry carrying three of bodies recovered in the aftermath of Friday evening's tragedy arrived at Aberdeen Harbour yesterday morning.
And last night a senior executive promised that helicopter crash which killed three men and one woman will be "painstakingly investigated" to find out what went wrong.
KILLED: Duncan Munro
Father-of-one Duncan Munro, 46, a welder from Coundon, near Bishop Auckland, was one of the victims when a Super Puma helicopter crashed into the sea off Shetland.
Another of those killed, George Allison, 57, from Winchester, Hampshire, is understood to originate from the North-East and lived for some years in Washington, Tyne and Wear.
KILLED: George Allison
Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin in the Highlands and 59-year-old Gary McCrossan, from Inverness, were the other victims.
Last night Duncan Trapp, vice president for safety and quality at CHC Helicopter, said the company will work with authorities and give its full co-operation following the crash.
He pledged to do "everything humanly possible" to ensure workers can travel safely.
"Together, the regulators, authorities, aircraft manufacturer, CHC and other experts will painstakingly investigate the incident to determine - and learn the lessons of - what went wrong," he said.
"The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) will be reviewing information including debriefs with pilots and passengers, air traffic records, technical data and records, and the aircraft and its on-board systems.
"We are fully supporting the early stages of the investigation into the incident and will continue to give our full co-operation to this process. We have been keeping our customers informed and working with them to see how we can meet their needs.
"Our experienced teams have been working tirelessly to support the passengers and our crewmen and their families in the immediate aftermath."
The statement was released as key offshore industry operators and contractors met in Aberdeen to discuss contingency plans following the suspension of Super Puma flights to and from UK installations.
The meeting was called to consider the use of alternative helicopters, how to make better use of available flights and the possibility of transferring workers by boat to ensure offshore production is not affected.
Hundreds of workers are flown to and from oil platforms every day and there are concerns that the grounding of the Super Puma will cause a backlog of workers waiting to go on and offshore.
Meanwhile, Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, signed a book of condolence opened by the Oil and Gas Chaplaincy at the Kirk of St Nicholas in Aberdeen.
"I know that the entire community will pull together to support those families," he said.
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