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Inquiry to be held into fatal helicopter crash that claimed lives of four including Inverness man


By Gregor White


A fatal accident inquiry has been announced six years after the incident.

A total of 18 people were on board when the Super Puma crashed on its approach to Sumburgh, Shetland.

Oil workers Gary McCrossan (59) from Inverness; Sarah Darnley (45) from Elgin; Duncan Munro (46) from Bishop Auckland; and George Allison (57) from Winchester all died.

No date for the sheriff court inquiry has been announced so far, but the decision follows repeated calls for such an investigation since the crash which took place on August 23, 2013.

Today the Crown Office in Edinburgh said: "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."

The victims' relatives would be kept informed of developments, it added.

In 2016 a report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said a lack of monitoring by the pilots meant a reduction in air speed was not noticed.

Mr McCrossan died in a life raft from a chronic heart condition.



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