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Super Puma Crash Inquiry ‘Must Lead To Helicopter Safety Improvements’

Legal Experts Reveal Hopes As Hearing Gets Underway In Aberdeen


Expert aviation lawyers representing the victims and families of those killed in helicopter crashes including The Clutha tragedy in Glasgow have revealed their hopes that the launch of the inquiry into the Super Puma crash in the North Sea in 2009 will lead to improvements in safety.

Expected to run for six weeks in Aberdeen, the fatal accident inquiry is focusing on the incident five years ago when 14 oil workers and two crew were killed in a crash off the coast of Aberdeenshire.

While the accident report into the crash revealed the helicopter’s main rotor gearbox suffered a “catastrophic failure”, this new hearing is to examine the circumstances of the crash with the aim of prevent further crashes in the future.

Irwin Mitchell’s specialist aviation law team represent victims and the families of those killed in a series of helicopter crashes over the last 15 months, including the recent crash at The Clutha bar in Glasgow, Eurocopter crashes off the coast of Shetland in August and in the North Sea in October 2012 and the helicopter crash in London in January 2013.

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