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Not looking very good at all. Apparently 8 killed and some still unaccounted for. Best of luck to all of those involved and my thoughts are with the families of those lost. The last thing the helicopter industry, and Bond in particular, need during this difficult time. _________________ PPL(H) R22
Not looking very good at all. Apparently 8 killed and some still unaccounted for. Best of luck to all of those involved and my thoughts are with the families of those lost. The last thing the helicopter industry, and Bond in particular, need during this difficult time.
Oh god no! I just saw this on the BBC web-site. My thoughts go out to the families who have lost people in this.
Victims of the North Sea Super Puma helicopter crash in which 16 people died have been named by police.
Eight came from north east Scotland, with the others from Angus, Dundee, Dumfries, Cumbernauld, Liverpool, Norwich, the West Midlands, and Latvia.
The 15 people named by Grampian Police were aged between 24 and 63. One person has still to be named.
Eight bodies were found after the Bond Super Puma came down 14 miles off the Aberdeenshire coast on Wednesday.
Police said there was no hope of finding any survivors and the search is now being treated as a recovery operation.
The victims named by police were Captain Paul Burnham, 31, of Methlick, Aberdeenshire, and co-pilot Richard Menzies, 24, of Droitwich Spa, who worked for Bond Offshore Helicopters.
The KCA Deutag employees killed were Brian Barkley, 30, of Aberdeen; Vernon Elrick, 41, of Aberdeen; Leslie Taylor, 41, of Kintore, Aberdeenshire; Nairn Ferrier, 40, of Dundee; Gareth Hughes, 53, of Angus; David Rae, 63, of Dumfries; Raymond Doyle, 57, of Cumbernauld; James John Edwards, 33, of Liverpool; and Nolan Carl Goble, 44, of Norwich.
The other named victims were James Costello, 24, of Aberdeen, who was contracted to Production Services Network (PSN); Alex Dallas, 62, of Aberdeen, who worked for Sparrows Offshore Services; Warren Mitchell, 38, of Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, who worked for Weatherford UK; and Stuart Wood, 27, of Aberdeen, who worked for Expro North Sea Ltd.
First Minister Alex Salmond has raised the possibility of a public inquiry into the crash.
BP has announced it will temporarily stop using Bond helicopters and Bond has grounded its Super Puma fleet.
Book of condolences have been opened in Aberdeen.
The Reverend Andrew Jolly, chaplain for the UK oil and gas industry, said: "This is a dreadful tragedy to befall the industry. The families of those affected by this tragedy and the wider family of those who work offshore and onshore are in our thoughts and prayers."
In February another Super Puma operated by BP crashed in the North Sea.
On that occasion all 18 people on board survived when the helicopter ditched 125 miles east of Aberdeen.
An emergency contact number for relatives concerned about people possibly involved in the North Sea Helicopter incident has been issued. The number is 0845 600 5 900.
So sad to see the victims named like that - so many young souls too. Thoughts with friends and family. _________________ J.
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