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Canada-based CHC’s Super Puma AS332L2 helicopter crashed on Friday evening offshore of the Shetland Islands, in the North Sea, killing four oil rig workers.

The helicopter was carrying 16 workers and two crew members from the Borgsten Dolphin platform when it crashed because of a loss of power, plunging into the water off the Shetland Islands.

The crash victims were Duncan Munro, 46, from Bishop Auckland; Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin; 59-year-old Gary McCrossan, from Inverness, and George Allison, 57, from Winchester.

Scottish police said fourteen of the 18 people aboard were rescued, but four died.

Officials recovered three bodies on Saturday and an operation was underway to recover the body of the fourth person.

"The helicopter was carrying 16 workers and two crew members from the Borgsten Dolphin platform when it crashed."

The cause of the accident is not yet known and a full investigation is being carried out, in conjunction with the UK Air Accident Investigation Branch.

In last four years there have been five major incidents involving Super Puma helicopters in the UK offshore industry.

Investigators are currently looking for the black box flight recorder from Friday’s helicopter crash, as oil workers dropped plans for a public protest in Aberdeen regarding the safety of flights to rigs.

Teams led by the air accident investigation branch (AAIB) team identified the flight data recorder’s alert beacon, but are yet to find it or the Super Puma’s tail section which holds it.


Image: A Super Puma AS332L2 helicopter. Photo courtesy of the United States Navy.

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