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North Sea Helicopter Crash Inquiry Begins
A helicopter that ditched in the North Sea with 19 people on board has been salvaged, as air crash investigators begin an inquiry into what happened.
The EC225 Super Puma was on a flight from Aberdeen to an offshore oil rig on Monday afternoon when it was forced to ditch near Fair Isle, between Orkney and Shetland.
A passing tanker helped rescue the passengers and crew, none of whom were injured.
The helicopter was brought ashore in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, on Wednesday morning.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch will look at why the pilot had to ditch, while a Helicopter Safety Steering Group was due to discuss the incident at a meeting in Aberdeen.
A spokesman for Eurocopter, the French company which manufactures the EC225 Super Puma, said it had launched its own investigation "with the highest priority".
Three offshore helicopter companies, including CHC which operates the aircraft involved in Monday's incident, have suspended their use of the model.