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Osborne to pay tribute to helicopter crash four
CHANCELLOR George Osborne will tomorrow offer his condolences to relatives of the North Sea helicopter crash victims, which included a Hampshire man.
Mr Osborne will use a trip to Aberdeen to pay tribute to “brave” offshore professionals who carry out their jobs in “an inherently dangerous environment”.
Three men and one woman were killed when a Super Puma helicopter carrying workers from an offshore vessel crashed into the sea as it approached Shetland last month. They included George Allison, 57, from Winchester.
Fourteen people survived, including two crew.
Flights to and from platforms have resumed following a temporary suspension after experts saidthere was no information that suggested a technical problem was to blame.
Tomorrow the Chancellor will sign a book of condolence for the workers who lost their lives and will use a speech to offer his sympathy to the families of the victims.
He will praise the courage of those involved in the rescue operation and pledge government support for the industry to try and ensure the safety of workers.
It is the second fatal North Sea helicopter incident within five years. In April 2009 the same Super Puma model went down north east of Peterhead on its return from a platform, killing all 14 passengers and two crew on board.
An investigation into the crash is under way but the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has said that it does not believe it was caused by an airworthiness or technical problem.
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