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Norway helicopter crash which killed British oil worker caused by mechanical failure

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Krista Kuznecova
Country: Norway Aircraft: Helicopters
Source: Metro

The Norway helicopter crash, which killed 13 people including a British oil worker, was caused by technical failure and not human error, according to investigators.

Eleven passengers and two crew were killed after the aircraft came down near the city of Bergen on Friday.

British oil worker Iain Stuart, from Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire, was among those who died in the crash.

Norway’s Accident Investigation Board said today that its probe and visual evidence indicated sudden mechanical failure, according to reports.

An image released by Accident Investigation Board Norway, Sunday May 1, 2016, showing the twisted wreckage of the salvaged helicopter which crashed Friday April 29, west of Bergen, Norway, as it is lifted aboard a rescue vessel. The helicopter was salvaged along with the flight recorder on Saturday April 30, as investigators continue to examine the incident, which left 13 people dead. (AIBN / NTB scanpix via AP) NORWAY OUT

The twisted wreckage of the salvaged helicopter which crashed on Friday (Picture: AIBN / NTB scanpix via AP)

A handout picture released by the Accident Investigation Board Norway, shows the memory unit retrieved from the Flight Data and Cockpit Voice Recorder of a crashed helicopter on April 30, 2016 in Turoy, Norway. A helicopter transporting North Sea oil workers crashed off the coast of western Norway on April 29, 2016, killing all 13 people on board, rescue services said. / AFP PHOTO / Accident Investigation Board AND NTB Scanpix / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Accident Investigation Board Norway/ HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS HANDOUT/AFP/Getty Images

The memory unit retrieved from the Flight Data and Cockpit Voice Recorder (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

But the board did not elaborate, saying a full investigation would take time.

The Super Puma was travelling from the North Sea Gullfaks B oil field, around 74 miles off the Norwegian coast when it crashed en route to Flesland Airport.

The tragedy led to the Civil Aviation Authority grounding all UK commercial passenger flights using the Airbus EC225LP – or Super Puma – model.

While a team from the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is assisting with the crash investigation.

A1946H Bergen Airport Flesland Bergen Norway Norge

The helicopter was en route to Flesland Airport (Picture: Getty)

A police officer talks to members of the media, during an inspection of the area where a helicopter crashed Friday, on the island Turoy, just outside of Bergen, in Norway, Saturday, April 30, 2016. Emergency crews pulled the wrecked fuselage of an Airbus EC-225 helicopter out of the sea Saturday off western Norway after a crash that killed all 13 people on board. The helicopter was carrying workers from an offshore rig in the North Sea ó the Statoil-operated Gullfaks B oil field ó before it went down Friday on Turoey, a tiny island outside Bergen, Norway's second-largest city. Eleven Norwegians, one Briton and one Italian were aboard. (Vidar Ruud /NTB scanpix via AP) NORWAY OUT

A police officer talks to members of the media on Friday (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Mr Stuart’s family have said they are devastated by his death.

A statement released by relatives of the 41-year-old said: ‘Iain was a loving husband and devoted father to his two children and as a family we are heartbroken.

‘He was a caring son, brother, uncle and friend to many.’



 



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