26th June 2019
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Inquiry to be held into fatal helicopter crash

An inquiry will be held into the fatal helicopter crash off Sumburgh, which claimed the lives of four people in August 2013.

In a statement, the Crown Office says the investigation into the crash “has reached a significant stage”.

“Crown Counsel have instructed that a fatal accident inquiry be held into the deaths of Duncan Munro, Sarah Darnley, Gary McCrossan and George Allison, who were passengers being transported from North Sea oil and gas platforms to the mainland.

“In coming to this decision Crown Counsel have considered the available evidence, the recommendations of the COPFS [Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service] Helicopter Incidents Investigation Team, and expert opinion.

“The investigation by the police, with officers working closely with the COPFS Helicopter Team, has been complex and challenging.

“COPFS will now work closely with the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) to make suitable arrangements for holding the inquiry.

“COPFS will continue to keep the relatives of the deceased informed of significant developments.”

About Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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