Sumburgh disaster remembered

FM pays tribute at air crash anniversary.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has led tributes to those that died in the worst offshore helicopter incident in history.

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Sumburgh disaster, when a Chinook helicopter carrying oil rig workers crashed off the coast of Shetland killing 45 people.

Ms Sturgeon said:

"Together, as a nation and with great sadness, we remember the tragic events of 30 years ago when 45 men lost their lives in the Sumburgh helicopter disaster.

“In the intervening years, a number of measures have been introduced to improve the safety of offshore workers, including a comprehensive review of offshore helicopter flying by the CAA.

"However, that does not take away the pain of the families who were bereaved 30 years ago.

"Today, my thoughts are very much with the families and friends of those who lost their lives in 1986.“


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