Alistair Carmichael urges swift inquiry into Sumburgh air crash


Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has urged that investigators into the 2013 helicopter crash near Sumburgh move quickly to complete their inquiry. The Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC, has recently confirmed that the inquiry is still in the preliminary preparations, and will not commence before the six-year anniversary of the tragedy on 23 August.

Mr. Carmichael said:

"It is unacceptable that, over six years on, the inquiry into the Sumburgh helicopter crash has still not started. Helicopter journeys are a fact of life for oil workers in Shetland, and we need to make sure that these journeys are safe. The first step towards avoiding future accidents is to find out exactly what happened, and why.

"It is high time for us to get answers. Better cooperation between the Air Accident Investigation Branch, the police and the procurator fiscal service would have helped to advance this process in a more timely manner. All parties should take this as their cue to improve their coordination.

"I understand that the issues around fatal accident inquiries are complex and difficult, but after six years the families of the four victims deserve closure. The Helicopter Incidents Investigation Team should take swift steps to bring this difficult story to a conclusion."

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