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Helicopter ditches in North Sea

stv: Developing story The craft came down around five miles off Crimond, near Fraserburgh, on the north east of Scotland.

01 April 2009 14:39 PM

Helicopter ditches in North SeaA major search and rescue operation is underway in the north sea after a helicopter ditched. 

The craft came down around five miles off Crimond, near Fraserburgh, on the north east of Scotland.

It is understood the helicopter was operated by Bond.

In February, a Super Puma operated by the same company ran into trouble off the Etap Production platform in the North Sea.

Sixteen passengers and two crewmembers had to be rescued after the Super Puma helicopter ditched near the installation. All survived and evacuated into two life rafts.

Three of the passengers were winched up into a search and rescue helicopter and the remaining 15 people were picked by a rescue and recovery craft. There were just three minor injuries and all onboard were brought back to Aberdeen in the early hours of the following morning.

A report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch found that the craft had flown into “a bank of fog” and that its pilot Michael Tweedie had been unable to identify the landing pad of the BP platform.

 

Last updated: 01 April 2009, 14:47

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