Report news now! Text pictures & video to 80360, starting message with WITNESS then leave a space
CHC suspends Super Puma flights
All Super Puma flights to and from UK offshore installations have been suspended after a helicopter flying oil workers plunged into the North Sea off Shetland, killing four people.
Helicopter operator CHC said it has grounded the AS332 L2 aircraft which ditched without warning while carrying 18 workers on Friday evening.
The company has also suspended all UK commercial flights of three other Super Puma models following a recommendation from an aviation safety association. The offshore industry's Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) urged the precautionary measure until there is "sufficient factual information" to resume flights.
Rescuers are yet to recover one of the bodies from the site of the crash around two miles west of Sumburgh airport. The cause of the accident is not yet known.
Those who died have been named as Duncan Munro, 46, from Bishop Auckland, County Durham; George Allison, 57, from Winchester, Hampshire; Sarah Darnley, 45, from Elgin in the Highlands and 59-year-old Gary McCrossan, from Inverness.
The helicopter was being operated by CHC for oil company Total and was transporting workers from the Borgsten Dolphin platform when it is believed to have experienced a "catastrophic" loss of power as it approached the airport on the southern tip of Shetland's main island.
The HSSG is made up of representatives from oil and gas firms, contractors, helicopter operators, offshore unions, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
The group met in Aberdeen and recommended the temporary suspension of all Super Puma commercial passenger flights to and from the UK's oil and gas installations. This includes the AS332 L, L1, L2 and EC225 models.
CHC said it was "devastated" by the accident and would follow the recommendation, which allows for the operation of emergency rescue flights.
Fellow operators Bond Offshore Helicopters and Bristow have also enforced a temporary suspension of Super Puma flights.