Shetland MSP Tavish Scott today pressed for a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) to be held into the 2013 helicopter crash in which a Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Puma Mk 2 crashed into the sea 2 nautical miles west of Sumburgh, Shetland with four fatalities. Tavish has passed a parliamentary motion recognising this issue.
Both the Air Accident Investigation Branch and Police Scotland have conducted and concluded their investigations into the circumstances of the crash but despite this, no date has been set by the Crown Office for the holding of an FAI which is mandatory when there have been deaths in the course of employment.
Urging the Crown Office to move ahead with the FAI, Tavish said:
“I want the Crown Office to ensure the earliest possible holding of the FAI into the circumstances surrounding the helicopter crash at Sumburgh in 2013. 4 years after the tragedy families still wait for closure.”
“At the time of the 2013 crash the families were assured that they would not wait for many years for an FAI. Yet it took 5 years after the 2009 North Sea helicopter crash with 16 fatalities for an FAI to be held.
“Police Scotland, at that time, promised families of the 2013 crash that they would not have to endure such a lengthy wait for answers. Unfortunately they did. A considerable period has now passed following the Sumburgh crash and families are still no nearer knowing what happened and why. Everyone involved would want this FAI to be held without any further delay.”