9th April 2020
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Provisional date fixed for helicopter crash inquiry

A Fatal Accident Inquiry into the helicopter crash which claimed the lives of four people off Sumburgh in 2013 could be held in May.

But the seven year wait for the inquiry has reportedly been described as “deplorable” by Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle at a preliminary hearing in Aberdeen.

The Shetland Times
has learned a date of 18th May has provisionally been fixed for the long-awaited inquiry, to be held in Inverness.

Provisional hearings have also been assigned for 5th March and 21st April – although they will take place in Edinburgh.

Duncan Munro, 46, from Bishop Auckland; Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin; Gary McCrossan, 59, from Inverness and George Allison, 57, from Winchester all died when the Super Puma aircraft they were flying in crashed on 23rd August.

The CHC-operated helicopter had been flying from the Borgsten Dolphin platform with 18 people onboard.

It crashed into the sea approximately 0.4 nautical miles south west of Garths Ness.

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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