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North Sea Helicopter Crash: Bodies Returned
The bodies of three of the four oil workers who died when a helicopter plunged into the North Sea have been brought back to the mainland.
A passenger ferry carrying the bodies arrived at Aberdeen Harbour this morning.
It is understood the fourth body will arrive on Tuesday.
The Super Puma helicopter was carrying 16 passengers and two crew from the Borgsten Dolphin platform when it crashed into the sea off Shetland on Friday evening, killing three men and one woman.
It is not yet known what caused the CHC-operated helicopter to crash as it approached Sumburgh airport on the southern tip of the main island.
Tributes have been paid to the victims, named as Duncan Munro, 46, from Bishop Auckland, County Durham; George Allison, 57, from Winchester, Hampshire; Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin in the Highlands; and 59-year-old Gary McCrossan, from Inverness.
The wreckage is expected to be transported to shore later for examination by a team from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.
Senior management staff from the helicopter's manufacturer, Eurocopter, have arrived in Aberdeen.
Guillaume Faury, Eurocopter's chief executive, said: "All of us at Eurocopter are deeply saddened by this accident. This is a tragedy for all of us.
"We express our deepest sympathies to the families, friends and colleagues of those who lost their lives. Our thoughts are with all those affected, including the workforce in the North Sea.
"We also wish to acknowledge all those persons involved in the search-and-rescue operations. Their prompt and professional action saved many lives and for that we are sincerely thankful.
"At this point in time, limited technical information is available regarding the cause of this accident. Eurocopter's experts are in Aberdeen working closely with the investigation authorities to determine the cause."
It is hoped information on the helicopter's black box recorder will help establish the cause of the crash.
Super Puma flights to and from UK offshore installations have been suspended, prompting a meeting of oil and gas industry chiefs to discuss the impact on platform workers.