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Four die in helicopter crash off Scottish coast

Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 - 00:49

Aug. 24 - Rescue workers at the site where four people were killed when a helicopter carrying oil workers crashed into the sea off Scotland's Shetland islands. Rough cut. (No reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT -- NO REPORTER NARRATION Four people were killed when a helicopter carrying oil workers crashed into the sea off Scotland's Shetland islands, the fourth incident in the area involving different models of the widely used aircraft in just over four years. The Super Puma L2, made by Eurocopter, was carrying 16 passengers and two crew members, and was operated by CHC Helicopter for France's Total CHC said. The helicopter lost contact with air traffic control and crashed into the sea as it approached Sumburgh airport, on the coast of Shetland, a cluster of islands more than 100 miles (160 km) off the northeastern tip of mainland Scotland, on Friday. Scottish police said three bodies had been recovered and work was under way to recover the body of the fourth. Sky News said the fourth body was in the wreckage. All those killed - three men and one woman - were passengers. During a news conference in Aberdeen on Saturday, Assistant Chief Constable of Police Scotland Malcolm Graham said officers had launched an investigation into the crash. "This incident has resulted in a large scale response for a number of different agencies who have worked closely together during the rescue operation. We have deployed a significant number of officers with specialist skills from across Police Scotland to assist with the operation and will continue to do so. Police Scotland will now be carrying out an investigation to establish the circumstances in due course," he said. In April 2009, 14 passengers and two crew died when a Super Puma crashed off Peterhead on the east coast of Scotland on its way back from BP's Millier oil platform. Last year the crew of a Super Puma ditched the aircraft in the North Sea after a gearbox failure and, also last year, all 19 on another Super Puma were rescued after it ditched during a flight from Aberdeen to the West Phoenix rig, west of Shetland.

Four die in helicopter crash off Scottish coast

Saturday, Aug 24, 2013 - 00:49

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