The Crown Office has announced today that a Fatal Accident Inquiry is to be held into the helicopter crash which killed four people near Sumburgh, in Shetland, in 2013.
The accident occurred as the Super Puma helicopter was carrying passengers from North Sea oil and gas platforms to mainland Shetland.
This confirmation arrives almost six years after the disaster, and after repeated calls for an Inquiry to be held.
Responding to the news, Shetland’s MSP Tavish Scott said:
“I am very pleased that the uncertainty is now over. It has taken too long for a FAI to be confirmed. Families who lost love ones have had to live under this cloud for too many years. But at least now the Inquiry can find out what happened and why. The families of the bereaved deserve answers and that will now finally happen.
“On the wider point about the length of time since the helicopter crash and the loss of life, I want the government to consider reforms to the process to speed this up. This has simply taken too long.”