• STV
  • MySTV

Fatal accident inquiry to be held into helicopter crash

Four passengers died when the Super Puma crashed on its approach to Sumburgh in 2013.

FAI: Inquiry to be held into the crash.
FAI: Inquiry to be held into the crash.

A fatal accident inquiry is to be held into a helicopter crash which killed four people near Shetland.

A total of 18 people were on board when the Super Puma crashed on its approach to Sumburgh in 2013.

Passengers Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin in Moray, Gary McCrossan, 59, from Inverness, Duncan Munro, 46, from Bishop Auckland in County Durham and George Allison, 57, from Winchester, died.

A date for the inquiry has yet to be decided.

A Crown Office spokesman said: "In coming to this decision Crown Counsel have considered the available evidence, the recommendations of the COPFS 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."

https://stv.tv/news/highlands-islands/1425853-helicopter-crash-victims-families-still-waiting-for-fai/ | default

Ms Darnley is believed to be the first woman killed in a North Sea oil industry helicopter crash.

Her mother previously told STV news of her frustration for a date not being set for the inquiry.

"Well it wouldn't make any difference to us because they're not coming back, but it would just finish it," she said.

"And that's what we want - for it to be finished with and get on."

Air accident investigators found that decreasing airspeed had gone unnoticed by pilots before the crash.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.