Scottish Government "premature" to rule out North Sea helicopter inquiry

Responding to the news that the Scottish government has decided not to back calls for a public inquiry into the safety of helicopters servicing the oil industry, Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael said:

"It is premature for the Scottish Government to stand against a public inquiry into helicopter safety when they themselves have been responsible for scandalous delays in the holding of Fatal Accident Inquiries, most recently into the ditching of the Super Puma off Sumburgh Head in 2013.

“The families of those who were killed in that tragic accident will find it impossible to get closure until the Fatal Accident Inquiries are over. When that happens, and we have a Sheriff’s determination, then the question of the appropriateness of a public inquiry should be determined, and not before.”

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